How can one install Fedora without a DVD or CDROM available from iso images? (grub entry?)

Jim Cornette fc-cornette at
Thu Jan 25 15:45:09 UTC 2007

Mail List wrote:
> On Wednesday 24 January 2007 21:19, Jim Cornette wrote:
>> Kenneth Wolcott wrote:
>>>   How to install FC6 without cdrom?  my cdrom is no longer
>> Not too long ago someone posted a response to a way you could mount the
>> dvd image and extract the installation kernel as a choice within grub.
>> You put the vmlinuz and initrd.img from the install media and add an
>> entry in grub to boot the installation.
>   Copied from article on  headless installs - assuming you have linux working 
> you can boot from grub as follows.
>  Essentially, you boot the install via grub by copying the kernel from cd or 
> dvd -  for example:
> [loop mount DVD or 1st CD like so]
> mkdir /mnt/tmp
> # mount -o loop /mnt/Name/linux/redhat/fc6/FC-6-i386-DVD.iso /mnt/tmp
> [create a /boot/fc6 and copy what we  need]
> # mkdir /boot/fc6
> # cd /boot/fc6
> # cp /mnt/tmp/isolinux/vmlinuz fc6 .
> # cp /mnt/tmp/isolinux/initrd.img fc6 .
> # umount /mnt/tmp
>  Now create a grub install entry such this
> [copy the root xxx from your working current linux]
> title Fedora Core 6 Install
>         root xxx-fixme
>         kernel /boot/fc6/vmlinuz
>         initrd /boot/fc6/initrd.img
>  Then you can install from you hard disk (dvd or isos need to be in their own 
> partition (not root), or via nfs, or http or ftp.
> good luck.
> gene/

Thanks Gene for the info. I could not locate it in the archives.


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