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This is not a how-to, it's not for beginners, and I've skipped several steps. It's more of an after-action report of how I did it.
The advantage of this method is that it doesn't require a cd-burner. It's also interesting because it shows how it might be possible to boot an iso image from a hard-drive.
- Partition an 800Mb hard-drive into one 128Mb partition and one of whatever's left.
- Make an ext2 file-system on it.
- Get vmlinuz. I chose the 2.6 kernel
- Get the corresponding initrd.gz
- Get the corresponding iso; it's around 100Mb
- Put all three on the first partition of the otherwise-empty drive.
- Edit menu.lst, adding this stanza:
title New Install root (hd1,0) kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/ram0 ramdisk_size=12000 initrd /initrd.gz boot
- Reboot, and select New Install
The install was easy and worked the first time. I chose 'manual package selection,' Aptitude came up, and I chose some packages. Maybe from unfamiliarity with aptitude I got some kind of circular dependency. This probably could have been resolved eventually, but I just ran the install again. The second time after I chose 'manual package selection,' aptitude again came up. I didn't choose any packages, quit aptitude, and continued. Later I added packages with apt-get. This went fine.
I'm not really prepared to give a detailed review of the install, but I look forward to reading one. The last time I installed Debian I used debbootstrap. This was easier. Still, Knoppix's hard-drive install was easier yet. If you want a friendly install, plain Debian probably isn't the way to go. On the other hand, while Knoppix is easier to install, I've found it harder to maintain. Tom Harrison, 8 June 05