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Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2003 04:22:08 +0300
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: How to install Owl remote using an existing Linux installation

On Mon, Dec 29, 2003 at 04:51:57PM +0100, Benjamin Lutz wrote:
> I have a remote server currently running a SuseLinux installation on
> which I have only access by a console-server to ttyS0. I also can start
> a recoverymanager which create a ramdisk and provide network access.
> From there I can mount the Harddisk or install gcc. How can I install
> Owl on this server?   

This is a very brief answer.  I hope others will help you with the
details as I have no time presently.

Transfer the Owl packages (the RPMS directory) and native source tree
(native.tar.gz) to a temporary partition on the hard disk (make it
/usr/src/world or you'd need to edit installworld.conf to reflect a
different location).  Extract the native tree, you get a Makefile.
Create the partitions and filesystems you intend to install to and
mount them under /owl (or elsewhere, but you'd need to edit
installworld.conf).  "make installworld && make setup".  Then upload
the kernel sources, build a kernel (preferably chrooted into the new
system such that the new system's development tools are used), and
install it into the new system.  "chroot /owl lilo".  You're done.

Please read Owl/doc/INSTALL and Owl/doc/BUILD before you do this.

Alexander Peslyak <>
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