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Re: [SLUG] Installing without CD drive.
Jobst Schmalenbach wrote:
> On Wed, May 23, 2001 at 03:09:36PM +1000, Matthew Dalton (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> > Plip (and probably slip) is easier to setup than ppp for a direct link.
> > Plip was my preference because data transfer over a parallel cable is
> > much faster than over a serial cable.
> I am *not sure* but would it be /possible/ to make a network connection (aka laplink)
> over the parallel port and then mount the CDROM drive from the other machine?
The way I did it was to setup an anonymous ftp server on the machine
with the cdrom drive and mount the cd somewhere under ~ftp. Then I just
had to put a few lines in the /etc/apt/sources.list on the laptop and
off she went. Of course it helps if you have a few cdrom drives or a bit
of free disk space, as debian comes on 3 binary cd's ATM.
I setup the base system beforehand using 2 floppies, which I alternated
as I installed each of the base system disks - one installing while the
other was having the next disk image copied to it. Yes, it's a bit of
disk swapping, but you only have to do the install once.
> I just did a search of "linux lablink install" on google and returned a load
> of messages, so there should be someone whos done it.
A laplink cable is what I used, along with the plip driver. I suppose
you could try mounting the cdrom over nfs or something, but quite
frankly ftp was easier to setup. You could also use http if you wanted
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