Installing Debian, Ubuntu or LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) from HDD
|Tuesday, 18 January 2011|
First of all, you may ask yourself why would you want to do this. I did it because I did not want to waste a blank CD.
This Mint installation was performed using a Live Linux booted with PXE( I used plop linux , which is a lightweight Linux distribution.
I used Plop Linux to download the Linux Mint Debian edition 32bit.
map --mem (hd0,2)/linuxmint.iso (hd32)
As a note to self, choosing other HDD number than 32 does not properly map the ISO into a ramdisk. Also, mapping the ISO image without --mem did not work, because grub complained that the ISO file is not contiguous.
Some linux distros can boot off an ISO image,this did not.
So I had to:
Extract the iso, mounting it first with Plop linux:
mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/hdinstall
mount /mnt/hdinstall/linuxmint.iso /mnt/iso -o loop
cp -rfv /mnt/iso/* /mnt/hdinstall
At this time the partition used as our install source contains the /casper and /isolunux directories
I had installed grub before all this (I use grub4dos mentioned earlier):
, so I could reboot, enter grub-pc command prompt by pressing c and issue
kernel /casper/vmlinuz boot=live live-media-path=/casper debug
Note that grub is counting the partitions starting from 0 (zero), while linux counts them starting from 1. Booting the kernel without the boot=live and live-media-path did not work, because initramfs will not find your source media folder
This boots Linux Mint live, offering you a desktop icon to make the install permanent on HDD.
Of course, I took inspiration from various sources, including the ones below:
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