Joined: Sep. 2005
||Posted: Sep. 19 2005,14:31
Here are my notes from my (finally) successful frugal install with grub bootloader and working (ie- persistent) myDSL apps on a single drive 166 Mhz Dell with 32 M RAM. Might be of interest to other noobs. Apologies to clivesay, some is a repeat of your document. I've included it all for clarity.
-Download boot floppy image and CD .iso. Burn these as described elsewhere. You may not need the floppy, I did.
-boot onto floppy/CD and enter
at prompt to boot into text mode.
-run cfdisk and prepare partitions. I used:
- /dev/hda1 - 75M for image, set as bootable
- /dev/hda2 - 150M for swap (set type to 82!)
- /dev/hda3 - rest of drive for /home, mydsl, and backup/restore.
-write partitions and exit cfdisk.
-reboot with floppy/CD into level 5 (just let it boot)
-right-click on desktop and select APPS>TOOLS>FRUGAL INSTALL>FRUGAL GRUB INSTALL
at image partition, enter >hda1 (or the appropriate)
at install from, enter> l (that's L for Live CD)
at format question, enter >y
-when install completes, remove floppy/CD and reboot. Select one of the grub menu items.
- Hopefully, now we're successfully running off our HD install.
-Now, we'll edit the grub menu. Open a terminal window:
Comment out the undesired three line sets. I left only the set labeled "myDSL w/ mydsl, restore, persistency, hostname, & passwords"
I edited the middle line here as follows (your partitions may be different than mine):
>make sure that opt=hda3 home=hda3 mydsl=hda3
>now add dsl in front of mydsl=hda3
the entire line looks like this:
kernel /boot/linux24 root=/dev/hda1 quiet vga=normal noacpi noapm noscsi frugal dma restore=hda3 home=hda3 opt=hda3 host=DSL1 dsl mydsl=hda3
Note that the extensions don't seem to re-install without the dsl in front of mydsl=hda3.
-save, exit and reboot.
-Hopefully, we successfully rebooted.
-Now we'll create the folder for optional myDSL extensions. These will NOT automatically install, but will be options on the myDSL (right-click) menu.
Open a terminal window.
>sudo mkdir /mnt/hda3/optional
>sudo chown dsl /mnt/hda3/optional
Close the window.
-Now to install extensions. This is what works for me, there may be better ways. I install each to /tmp. Then if I want it to be optional (not installed, but available), I move it to /mnt/hda3/optional. If I want it to install automatically, I move it to /mnt/hda3. I do this manually after mounting hda3 first.
- Hope this helps. enjoy!