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You can also install from a usb pendrive. This is particularly useful if you have a high speed usb 2 port and a fast pendrive. After booting with the pendrive inserted, check that it is recognized with the dmesg command.
The device file will most likely not be in the /dev directory. To create the device file, first find out what the major and minor numbers are by looking at the partitions present:
If you have sata, you might get something like this:
8 0 244198584 sda 8 1 7166848 sda1 ... 8 80 3923456 sdf 8 81 3923440 sdf1
Create the device file with mknod:
mknod /dev/sdf1 b 8 81
Then create a directory to mount on (NOT in the /mnt directory) and mount the pendrive:
mkdir /install mount /dev/sdf1 /install
Partition your harddrive, and run setup. When asked what source, choose to install from a mounted directory….
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Thank you for your article, but, can you please make a quick attempt to include a tutuorial 'for the rest of us' (ie.- simple enough for the win savvy but linux beginner) that explains method two; booting slackware from one location. The method given above by Jim shed some light on the matter, but I want to be able to do so in a win environment if possible, otherwise I am going to need to interpret how to do it from a linux environment in a win environment…. enough, I'm not going io try to sound smart.
Hi! What do you mean by ”booting slackware from one location”?
— Eric (Tue Nov 18 19:46:02 UTC 2008)
Hi Alien! I wrote a simple script that installs lilo into a USB stick with several partitions. One of them can have the Slackware tree. Here is a nano-HOWTO: http://stoa.usp.br/oda/weblog/63591.html Oda 2009-10-04 00:01