Line to make custom Linux boot DVD?

Hewlett-packard / Hp g72 notebook pc
April 7, 2011 at 10:11:32
Specs: Linux x86_64, 3.2 GHz Intel x86_64 (1.6 Dual core)/4 GB
Hello, all.

I have a quick question, which I know can be solved with one line. As I understand it, you either need mkisofs or genisoimage, which my guess is, goes like this: "genisoimage / /home/username/dvdimage.iso", but because genisoimage is not mkisofs, which it apparently replaced, things are different. That can't be it... :)

Does anyone know how to do this? I'd like to have a bootable Linux that has custom scripts that I wrote built in, including a folder at the root directory called apps. It makes it easier in the scripts to code to /apps (plus another folder) rather than /usr/share/... etc. or another traditional folder. That's where I can't use a "debian" script, because it uses a lot of nonsense, like wiping apps out. What I would like to do is to make a boot DVD with this, so I don't have to install the scripts on the computers I work on.

Thank you for all assistance. All is greatly appreciated.

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April 10, 2011 at 11:22:32
I really can't figure out your question and maybe others don't understand either.

What are you trying to do or make?

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April 11, 2011 at 01:40:41
Thank you for getting back to me and for the advice.

In short, I want to have just a local distribution for the computers that we run here pre-built to a DVD. I will have a little install script made for it so I can install or restore software, instead of using ubiquity.

The DVD must include the /Apps directory and be bootable. Can I use genisoimage for this task, or what am I looking at?

Thanks for your assistance thus far. Please reply back--any replies would be helpful.

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April 11, 2011 at 13:15:20
Why not simpy dd an image of the drive to the dvd and use it an source?
Most people would use pxe or other networked source if available.

See also gpxe and iscsi targets.

I guess you could look at clonezilla or even backula too.

I don't think it would be common to use an installer approach to do similar images.

If you mean all different then the kickstart and ubuquity way are used and maybe others.

I guess you could create an edited installer. You'd have to know how it works and then add in your packages. That may or may not work either.

Seems the long way around to make a modified base install then use it as a source for the dvd installer program.

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April 11, 2011 at 16:24:25
You can always download a Linux burning DVD program like this one here. Tell me if it works for you!

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April 11, 2011 at 20:11:26
computereater: I'm *well* aware of K3B. :) I'm also well beyond using it.

Thank you, jefro, for your reply. It was really helpful, and it is hitting closer to the answer. I don't think it'd be practical to take a 320 GB disk and use dd. I'm simply looking to compress the filesystem (/) of the small distro I've constructed for the computers--one cannot use a connection to net boot, and with another that can, it'd be impractical. I'm aware of iSCSI across computers--this definitely will not work.

I'm not going to be using ubiquity--my installer, when finished, will effectively allow me to repair and install the OS by selecting a target and decompressing files.

I simply would like to take / and compress that into a DVD (I really don't think it'll fit on a CD). I really don't want to have to install Linux individually, and customize it all over again for each computer! I can write my own installer--I just need the customized filesystem to boot.

I give you a thumbs up for all the assistance so far! Thank you for keeping up on this. :)

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