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Thread: Knoppix installer from root shell, or knx2hd from boot?

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    Knoppix installer from root shell, or knx2hd from boot?

    Which one is the best way to install knoppix into my hardrive?
    Thank You.

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    /usr/sbin/knx2hd is just a symbolic link to /usr/sbin/knoppix-installer. In other words, they're one and the same script. At least in Knoppix v3.4.

    You need to be using some window manager (not necessarily KDE, I guess) when you run it, because 1) it presents you with a graphical user interface; and 2) it runs a KDE-based program, QTParted, to partition your hard drive(s). In other words, it needs X Windows to run.

    So, you will need to run it from a bash prompt in a shell in a window manager (like KDE) as root.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eco2geek
    2) it runs a KDE-based program, QTParted, to partition your hard drive(s). In other words, it needs X Windows to run.
    Actually it does not need X to run. You may execute it from run level 2. It will then fire up cfdisk instead of qtparted.

    I would suggest choosing the 'Debian' type install.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzilikazi
    Actually it does not need X to run. You may execute it from run level 2. It will then fire up cfdisk instead of qtparted.
    Aha. Learn something new every day.

    Will cfdisk format partitions in ext3? Or do you have to use something like "mke2fs -j /dev/hdX" after using cfdisk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzilikazi
    I would suggest choosing the 'Debian' type install.
    Why? Can somebody please point me to somewhere documenting the difference between these knoppix-installer types? Also, how do you customise the assignment of partitions for the installer?

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    "Can somebody please point me to somewhere documenting the difference between these knoppix-installer types?"

    Even for me this will be very helpfull! Thanks

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    Here's some explanations about them: http://www.knoppix.net/docs/index.php/KnoppixInstaller
    And here's a discussion about the subject: http://www.knoppix.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11514

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    [quote="eco2geek"]
    Quote Originally Posted by mzilikazi
    Will cfdisk format partitions in ext3? Or do you have to use something like "mke2fs -j /dev/hdX" after using cfdisk?
    That's correct you would need to format the partitions yourself as cfdisk has no capacity for formatting only marking partition types.

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    "format the partitions yourself"

    X mzilikazi:


    Could You tell me more on this? What exactly I have to do? It seems that qtparted would do the job, right?

    Thanks

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    So, in my case, since I have an hardrive with windows xp and I would like a dual boot I can use qtparted only. Once qtparted will do the partition I have to click on commit to format the hardrive with a linux ext3 or reiser. Once the drive is parted I will open a root shell, then type knoppix-installer and the program will ask what type of installation I would like: debian-style, knoppix-style or beginer.
    Than the program will install the knoppix, correct?
    I hope I am in the right direction.
    What it is not clear is what type of partition is the fastest one!?
    Thanks

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