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Post#1 by Jack » 24 Mar 2018, 02:10

Has anyone ever install Slackware on a Hard Drive? I downloaded 14.2 x86_64 DVD. I like to use a current version DVD ISO but I can't find any. It been 2000 or 2001 since I try to install Slackware.

What software can I use to copy the ISO to a USB and then can I use the USB to install it to a Hard Drive?

This has been another dream of mind and I want to try it.

I found Zenwalk 8.0 and I thought would be a good start.

How big should a swap file be? I thought a 4gb should be big enough.

Here is the current DVD 32 and 64 bit version.

ftp://slackware.uk/people/alien-current ... rrent-iso/

ftp://slackware.uk/people/alien-current ... rrent-iso/
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Post#2 by Ed_P » 24 Mar 2018, 03:08

Have you looked at Alien Bob's site? http://www.slackware.com/~alien/
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Post#3 by Jack » 24 Mar 2018, 03:44

I try his once but I couldn't make a bootable USB to install it on the Hard Drive.
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Post#4 by Ed_P » 24 Mar 2018, 04:36

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Post#5 by ncmprhnsbl » 24 Mar 2018, 08:41

Jack wrote:
24 Mar 2018, 02:10
What software can I use to copy the ISO to a USB and then can I use the USB to install it to a Hard Drive?
https://www.slackwiki.com/Install_Slack ... lash_Drive
Copy the ISO to the USB flash drive

All that is left to do now is copy the ISO to the USB flash drive.

This can be done using the dd command as the root user.

The following command will overwrite all the files currently present on the USB drive so prior backups are highly advisable:

dd if=slackware-14.2-install-dvd.iso of=/dev/sdX

PS1. dd expects the name of a device, not a partition, so you should use eg. /dev/sdb instead of /dev/sdb1.

PS2. the USB drive should NOT be mounted during dd invocation.
NOTE: this method will use the entire USB drive (and make sure of= points at the correct device)
(dd is not known as 'disk destroyer' for no reason)
Jack wrote:
24 Mar 2018, 02:10
How big should a swap file be? I thought a 4gb should be big enough.
should be plenty (if you have lots of RAM, swap is optional imo)
Jack wrote:
24 Mar 2018, 02:10
I like to use a current version DVD ISO but I can't find any.
once you install you should be able to update to current by adjusting the package manager repos.
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Post#6 by Jack » 24 Mar 2018, 15:35

Can I update to current after I build the USB? Can I just replace 14.2 slackware64 directory with current slackware64 directory on the USB? Do I need to update EFI, isolinux and kernels to?
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Post#7 by ncmprhnsbl » 24 Mar 2018, 21:10

Jack wrote:
24 Mar 2018, 15:35
Can I update to current after I build the USB?
no. the usb is to be used to install to a hard drive, as you would use a DVD.
as far as i understand it, there's no live system on the slackware iso image other than the installer..
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Post#8 by Jack » 24 Mar 2018, 21:26

Here is the current DVD 32 and 64 bit version. See post #1 Dated 03-24-2018.
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Post#9 by ncmprhnsbl » 24 Mar 2018, 21:44

ah well, use that then..
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Post#10 by Jack » 24 Mar 2018, 23:27

I just did a full install and everything went great. Now I need to edit out what I don't need to start with is e, f, k, kde, kdei, t, tcl, xfce and y. Then I will do another install to see else I don't need to make it even smaller.

I use this to copy the ISO to USB.
dd if=slackware64-current-install-dvd.iso of=/dev/sdX
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Post#11 by Ed_P » 25 Mar 2018, 03:23

I'm sorry but I am confused. :unknown: Does the dd command make the USB bootable? If not why not use the cp command?
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Post#12 by Jack » 25 Mar 2018, 04:52

Ed_P wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 03:23
I'm sorry but I am confused. :unknown: Does the dd command make the USB bootable? If not why not use the cp command?
Yes it makes the USB bootable. I was going to copy up to date files to the USB but the USB is read only so you can't.
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Post#13 by ncmprhnsbl » 25 Mar 2018, 06:15

Ed_P wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 03:23
If not why not use the cp command?
i'd say the difference is :
if you copy(cp) an iso to a usb, you have a partition with an iso on it (which then needs some sort of bootloader to boot)
with dd, the partition is the iso (which, if the iso is bootable, will boot)(and this is why it's read only)
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Post#14 by Jack » 29 Mar 2018, 02:19

I built my first full Slackware DE (LXDE) today and it up good with no error as I can see. Now I am going to trim off some modules I think I don't need.
I just like Slackware because I think it teach you about Linux to build packages where Ubuntu is like Windows you just install programs you want.

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Post#15 by alienbob » 14 Apr 2018, 18:08

ncmprhnsbl wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 06:15
Ed_P wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 03:23
If not why not use the cp command?
i'd say the difference is :
if you copy(cp) an iso to a usb, you have a partition with an iso on it (which then needs some sort of bootloader to boot)
with dd, the partition is the iso (which, if the iso is bootable, will boot)(and this is why it's read only)
You can do
cp slackware64-current-install-dvd.iso /dev/sdX
and it will create a bootable USB just like with 'dd'.

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