Subject: Re: Source Install
To: Jeremy C. Reed <email@example.com>
From: Brian Rose <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 06/14/2004 11:56:30
Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
> On Mon, 14 Jun 2004, Brian Rose wrote:
>>I was wondering if there was a method or script that anyone had worked
>>on to take a Live CD and have it build an installation onto a machine's
>>hard drive, by fetching the latest sources.
>>If nobody has anything like this, It looks like I may have found another
> Sounds interesting.
> Where will the source be stored? (On a memory disk?)
Here's the way I figure it'd work.
- Load in your LiveCD and boot the machine.
- Start by partitioning the fixed disk. Once the partitioning is done
mount it as a /target or somesuch.
- Fetch the sources (user's choice as to which label to use) from the
net and store them on /target/usr/src. Setup the build environment to
run correctly from here.
- Build the kernel, toolchain, and programs into DESTDIR=/target
- Do any configuration (timezone, etc) similiar to a regular install.
- Reboot and be merry with the new (fresh) installed system!
I realize there are plenty of issues to solve, But it'd be a nice clean
way to build and setup a current system. I'd also like to have it do a
post-install configuration to fetch selected packages (like the window
manager and select apps) and install those as well. But that can be a
I guess my ultimate goal is a completely automated install process that
is directed by some top level script.
I'm sure I will generate a lot of questions with this one. <grin>