The idea of installing linux from the hard disk works BUT copy only
specific directories. No need to copy everything. According to my old
notes, I copied the following directories from the CD-ROM to my hard disk
using the _same_ directory names:
RedHat/RPMS (includes all subdirectories too)
It should take less than 200MB. Hope this helps.
: I installed RedHat 3.0.3 on my laptop using the ftp method. It worked
: reasonably well, especially given that large parts of the western U.S.
: were suffering power outages that day!
: In any case, since my laptop has a PCMCIA ethernet card, and no
: CD-ROM, I figured I'd use the ftp method. I made the recommended
: "boot disk" and the two "root disks", booted my computer from using
: the boot disk and then simply followed the on-screen instructions.
: The only suggestion I would make is the following: During the first
: try, install the very least you can. That is, unselect almost
: everything from the "packages" menu that shows up during the
: installation process. This minimizes the chances of ending up with an
: un-bootable (from the hard drive, that is) system at the end due to
: ftp transmission problems etc. Once you have a system that boots on
: its own, it is very easy (and less scary) to install the packages you
: want by using "rpm" (the Red Hat Package manager). Try to make sure
: rpm is installed in the first go if possible---I'm not sure if it's
: part of the default "base" system. (If not, you'll need to first
: install rpm on your new system using good old ftp.)
: > I have a laptop with _NO_ CD-ROM. I want to install Redhat to it.
: > I do have a parallel verion of a zip drive which seems to be too
: > small. I have disk space big enough to hold
: > all redhat installation files on our local network.
: > I also have an ethernet PC-card for the laptop.
: > What is the easiest way to intall?
: > It seems to me that redhat only offers cd-rom and FTP installation
: > while slackware does floppy and NSF installation (or even Tape).
: > Has anyone tried NSF installation for redhat?
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