[CentOS-devel] lightweight LiveCD installer for CentOS-5.4 available - zyx-liveinstaller
dmc.centos at filteredperception.org
Tue Oct 27 10:48:12 UTC 2009
Douglas McClendon wrote:
> I thought some of you might like to know-
> The latest version of zyx-liveinstaller (0.1.15) now supports the
> CentOS-5.4 LiveCD/USB.
Actually I just put out 0.1.16, which in addition to being noarch, also
fixed a problem when installing to rootfs on non-lvm partitions.
The other reason I'm replying to this, is the PS at the end about
syslinux's menu.c32 vs vesamenu.32, turns out to be a result of
livecd-iso-to-disk using the burning host's syslinux. I.e. if I burn my
LiveUSB from centos-5.4 instead of 5.3 or fedora, the grey screen
bootloader problem doesn't show up.
> This is a ~100kb rpm that can be installed in a running LiveCD/USB
> session. Once run, zyx-liveinstaller will then allow you to install the
> running system permanently to system-disk.
> This is like the anaconda/liveinst installer available with the Fedora
> LiveCD/USB, except-
> a) it works _rebootlessly_! After installation completes, you simply
> eject the LiveCD or remove the LiveUSB and continue using the now
> installed system.
> b) it is still relatively immature, but gets the job done (as far as
> I've tested). Installation to external usb drives also works.
> c) it can easily be included in a custom CentOS LiveCD spin, without the
> downside of having to have an unsupported version of anaconda on the system.
> d) it is a fairly simple pygtk frontend for a bash backend. In fact,
> all you really need is the single bash script
> NOTE: that like the Fedora LiveCD installer, it is a *destructive*
> install. Target partitions/volumes get reformatted.
> To do a commandline installation with no seperate /boot partition, the
> rootfs on /dev/sda2, and the swap partition on /dev/sda3, you would just
> rpm -Uvh \
> zyx-liveinstaller-cli \
> /dev/sda2 /dev/sda2 /dev/sda3
> Note, that if you throw a copy of the 100kb rpm inside the LiveUSB
> version of CentOS-5.4, you have a totally portable offline installable
> version of CentOS. This is definitely not as seriously usable as the
> traditional DVD installer on bootable USB form, but might have its uses.
> Bugs, comments, criticisms, and feedback are encouraged.
> Now that I've got this working, I'll really get to work helping Patrice
> crossport my old LiveUSB persistence patches to Fedora-8/9 to CentOS-5.*.
> P.S. To get CentOS-5.4 LiveUSB to boot on my acer aspire one, I had to
> change the syslinux.cfg line of 'vesamenu.c32' to 'menu.c32' (and copy
> menu.c32). Otherwise an unusable and very grey syslinux bootloader.
> Hopefully just a problem with this netbook.
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