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Posted: Sep. 02 2004,21:45 QUOTE

If you're trying to add sylpheed settings to a remaster, you need to copy both the .sylpheed and Mail directories from your home directory to the etc/skel directory of remaster source before you use mkisofs and create_compressed_fs.  If you put it in KNOPPIX/home/dsl it doesn't show up after you boot the remastered disk.

Anything you want to wind up in the home/dsl directory needs to go into the etc/skel directory of the remaster.
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Posted: Sep. 03 2004,19:49 QUOTE

Thank you to everybody that has helped me forward with this Remastering HOWTO!!! Here it comes ready for the changes in the most recent version 0.8:

Remastering HOWTO for Damn Small Linux

Change the keyboard-layout (unless you have a us-keyboard)

$sudo loadkeys se-latin1

Format the partition with the ext2 filesystem

$sudo mke2fs /dev/hda3

Become root and mount the right partition

$sudo su
#mount -rw /dev/hda1 /mnt/hda1
#mount -rw /dev/hda3 /mnt/hda3

Make the directories needed

#mkdir /mnt/hda3/source
#mkdir /mnt/hda3/newcd
#mkdir /mnt/hda3/newcd/KNOPPIX

Copy necessary files to directory /newcd

#cp -Rp /cdrom/boot /mnt/hda3/newcd
#cp -Rp /cdrom/lost+found /mnt/hda3/newcd
#cp -Rp /cdrom/index.html /mnt/hda3/newcd

Copy the sources to the right directory

#cp -Rp /KNOPPIX/* /mnt/hda3/source
#cp -Rp /KNOPPIX/.bash_profile /mnt/hda3/source

Go through and copy wanted things to /mnt/hda3/source

#cp -Rp /mnt/hda1/Docs/* /mnt/hda3/source/home/dsl
#cp -Rp /mnt/hda1/styles/* /mnt/hda3/source/usr/share/fluxbox/styles

Create the custom compressed image file:

#mkisofs -R /mnt/hda3/source | create_compressed_fs - 65536 >

Create the iso-file as follows:

#cd /mnt/hda3
#mkisofs -no-pad -l -r -J -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table -b boot/isolinux/isolinux.bin -c boot/isolinux/ -hide-rr-moved -o mydsl.iso newcd

Copy the iso-file to the first partition on your harddrive

#cp /mnt/hda3/mydsl.iso /mnt/hda1

Well this is at least one way to do it (and it works).

Have fun everybody!

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Posted: Sep. 06 2004,19:20 QUOTE

And to ask a really silly question:

If we'd managed to remaster with open office, and used a CD-RW instead of CR-R, could we also then use the remastered CD to do some work offsite with a few Microsoft office files (yes, many people do use them, sadly) on our own laptop, save the docs in word and excel format on a directory on the CD-RW, let colleagues copy the files if necessary from the CD-RW at the end of the day, and then bring back the remastered CD-RW with the extra wrd/xls files and dump them on the main desktop machine?

In other words, could a remastered DSL on CD-RW become a portable and dynamic workspace?  (Recognising, of course, you'd periodically run out of space on a CD-RW, but you'd just start another one.)

DSL could be very good for this because it leaves so much spare space on a full size CD.  Also, works for machines that can't boot from USB etc.

Essentially, would the script work with CD-RW, and if CD-RW is used, can a rw directory be mounted on it?

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Posted: Sep. 11 2004,00:01 QUOTE


Huge thanks to you for the remaster howto-
have just used it on 8.1.1 and the only problem I had
was my own fault- I wanted to put some things in /home/dsl before
I made the iso, but of course they are not there when you run live-
they are still in the KNOPPIX directory on the cd.But thats no big problem.
In hindsight, I should have remembered what Clacker said.
Thanks again for taking the time and trouble to post this up-
it has been a great help.

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Fordi Offline

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Posted: Sep. 13 2004,20:17 QUOTE


Is there a Very Good Reason for using mkisofs rather than building an appropriately-sized ext2 image file, then filling it?

ie (for a system of 112M uncompressed):

dd if=/dev/zero of=remaster.img bs=1M count=112
mke2fs remaster.img
mkdir /mnt/temp
mount remaster.img /mnt/temp -o loop
cp -a /stuff/to/remaster /mnt/temp
umount /mnt/temp
create_compressed_fs -b remaster.img 65536 >

The only advantage this has, if it works, is that you have filesystem control at a processing level closer to final product (less to wait for in those "oops! lemme change that one line in /etc/wtf" moments)

I tested manual mount of ext2 as cloop today, so I know that part works (and knows to be read-only)...
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