Distribute my BLFS

Kevin Annies anniesk at coventry.ac.uk
Mon Feb 19 10:05:35 PST 2007

I was wondering if there has been any progress on this topic. I acknowledge that 
there are ways to avoid using C/C++ (which I 'd prefer as its not my speciality).
I myself am looking towards using a shell script initiated from a LiveCD to automate parts of the installation in a 
user friendly manner as my particular distro is aimed at Linux Newbies based in 
my University.
This is my pre-conceptual script which however is unfinished and untested. I was wondering is I could obtain any suggestions regarding the direction i am going. In particular I would very much like to tidy up the section where I attempt to display to STDOUT what storage device are available. Is there some udev commands I could use to actually display the make of the Hard Disk?
Also please tell me of anything that you don't think will work ( I have a bad feeling about Chrooting from a script)
Appreciate any comments/sugestions

echo --How many hard drives are installed on this machine?

USER VALUE CAPTURED =$HDN                                 (might not need)

echo --The following ide drives have been found
ls /sys/bus/ide/devices/0.0/{*hda*,*sda*}

echo drives labelled hda are usually Primary/Master IDE
echo drives labelled hdb are usually Primary/Slave IDE
echo drives labelled hdc, usually refer to secondary IDE drives
echo SATA & SCSI drives use the same naming convention but are instead labelled sda,sdb,sdc etc

echo pleaseselect the drive you wish to partition by typing the correct drive ie; hda, hdb, sda etc

echo you will now enter the disk partitioning program. Please use extra care when removing partitons. Do not worry about filesystem formats as these will be dealt with in the next stage.

echo Please be carfull to remember your partion number designations ie; hda1,sda2.
echo Create a root partition to the size of your choice.
echo Create a swap partition of about 500MB up to 1000MB

cfdisk $DRIVE

echo Please select your root partition
echo Please select your swap partition

mke2fs -jv /dev/$ROOT
mkswap /dev/$SWAP

export TARGET=/home/TEMP               (/home/TEMP will exist on my LiveCD)

mount -v -t ext3 /dev/$ROOT $TARGET

/sbin/swapon -v /dev/$SWAP

cp -frv /{bin,lib,opt,usr,sbin,srv,media} $TARGET
cp -frv /fake/needwrite/{etc,root} $TARGET

mkdir $TARGET/boot
cp -frv /isolinux/* $TARGET/boot

mkdir -pv $TARGET/{dev,proc,sys}
mknod -m 600 $TARGET/dev/console c 5 1
mknod -m 666 $TARGET/dev/null c 1 3

mount --bind /dev $TARGET/dev

mount -vt devpts devpts $TARGET/dev/pts
mount -vt tmpfs shm $TARGET/dev/shm
mount -vt proc proc $TARGET/proc
mount -vt sysfs sysfs $TARGET/sys

chroot "$TARGET" /usr/bin/env -i HOME=/root TERM="$TERM" PS1='\u:\w\$ ' PATH=/bin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/usr/sbin /bin/bash --login

mkdir /{home,var}
install -dv -m 0750 /root
install -dv -m 1777 /tmp /var/tmp

mkdir -v /var/{lock,log,mail,run,spool}
mkdir -pv /var/{opt,cache,lib/{misc,locate},local}


From: blfs-support-bounces at linuxfromscratch.org on behalf of Tijnema !
Sent: Sat 20/01/2007 10:23
To: BLFS Support List
Subject: Re: Distribute my BLFS

Copying the kernel from system to system is never good....
Best way to make such installation is by copying all other files , except the /boot.
Then compile the kernel with the .config file and copy the files to /boot.
It takes some more time to install then, but it's a stable kernel then.
And of course, installing grub into the bootsector, with such command as
/sbin/grub-install /dev/hda
Then you might want to edit /boot/grub/menu.lst or something like that, and you probably want to copy some of the grub stage files to /boot/grub
No C/C++ is required for this.

On 1/20/07, Gerardo Medellin Hdez. <gnilledem at yahoo.com> wrote: 

	Ok. Kevin, Tank's for the response, I'll like to be guided for you.
	I was thinking about made a Live CD from my blfs-distribution, and when this work fine, mount all the filesystem ( / ) in a partition of the HD, and wen it's all done, chroot to this copy of my original filesystem, copy the kernel that i've compiled originally and install grub to make it bootable, but i don't know if this is a good idea, right now I'm having trouble with the scripts to make a Live CD from my blfs system. 
	Really tank you for any idea or guide that could give me.
	Kevin Annies <anniesk at coventry.ac.uk > escribió: 

		Hi Gerardo,
		I wish to acheieve the same as you (create a distribution).
		I may not be able to give you a definate solution but may be able to guide you along the nessacery lines. 
		I made an assumption that to make sure my system was generic enough to distribute, I created a bootable cd and used it on several machines. I was originally thinking of creating a cd that contained a small Linux and the contents of a main system, the small Linux existing primariliy for the purpose of partitioning, and copying the contents of the main Linux onto the new machine using a script. The tricky part comes when modifying the boot sector using grub where I beleieve a little C/C++ is required. This method is currently one that I am currently researching so I have no definate answers yet. 
		If you are looking for a simple alternative, I've heard of people using already available commercial installers such as Anaconda and modifying them to work with the blfs system.
		Sorry if this is not what you are looking for. 
		From: blfs-support-bounces at linuxfromscratch.org on behalf of Gerardo Medellin Hdez.
		Sent: Fri 19/01/2007 16:26
		To: blfs-support at linuxfromscratch.org 
		Subject: Distribute my BLFS
		Hi, I've a BLFS system working pretty good, but now i want to make a Install Disk to distribute it, somebody know how to make it, any tip or trick is welcome.
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