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Fedora CD Installation Media

On of the common methods to do a offline installation is to mount the DVD ISO on one station, and then install the other station via the net (NFS/HTTP/FTP install using the boot.iso), or to copy over the DVD Image to the station to be installed and then install from hard drive. This however does not apply to the people who do not have a second computer that can do all this.

Creating CD Installation Media Based on a DVD

Another option would be to create a CD Set from the DVD you downloaded, using Revisor.

Using the DVD ISO as a Source

1. Download the DVD ISO image from your favorite mirror.

1. Loop mount the image:
mount -t iso9660 -o loop /path/to/image.iso /path/to/mount/point
1. Append/Add the local repository definition to your target Revisor configuration file: (for example /etc/revisor/conf.d/revisor-f7-i386.conf):
[fedora-local] 
name=Fedora 7 - Moonshine - i386 - Loop Mounted ISO Image
baseurl=file:///path/to/mount/point/
enabled=0
gpgcheck=1

1. The default enabled=0 makes sure to not cause issues when the image is not loop mounted. You will be able to set the repository source enabled when doing repository configuration while running Revisor. In this use case, it would be needed to disable (uncheck) the network based F7 repositories when using the loop mounted image as the same data is available locally.

Using the DVD as a Source

1. Put your DVD in the DVD drive. It will show up as something like the following:
/media/Fedora\ 7\ i386\ DVD/
</code> Or: <code>
/media/Fedora\ 7\ x86_64\ DVD/
1. Append/Add the local repository definition to your target Revisor configuration file: (for example /etc/revisor/conf.d/revisor-f7-i386.conf):
[fedora-local] 
name=Fedora 7 - Moonshine - i386 - DVD
baseurl=file:///media/Fedora\ 7\ i386\ DVD/
enabled=0
gpgcheck=1

1. The default enabled=0 makes sure to not cause issues when the DVD is not in your drive. You will be able to set the repository source enabled when doing repository configuration while running Revisor. In this use case, it would be needed to disable (uncheck) the network based F7 repository when using the DVD as the same data is available locally.

Creating CD sets from the DVD

  • Start Revisor and press the "Get Started" button.
  • From Installation Media, select CD Set and press the "Forward button".
  • Select the model and repository you have just configured with the local repository.
  • Do not use a kickstart configuration file, or uncheck the "Use package manifest from kickstart file"-checkbox
  • During the 'Package Selection' dialog, on the 'List' tab press the 'Select All' button.
  • Let Revisor spin you a set of Installation CD-ROMs of your favorite Linux distribution.

This all sounds too easy. There's a culprit. For Revisor to work, you need to run it on a Fedora 7 (or later) or Enterprise Linux 5 box. Maybe a friend can help you out here.

Getting the CD Media

You can also start up your favorite BitTorrent client and use one of the community supplied torrents to get a set of CD media: x86 (32-bit), x86_64 (64 bit)