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    idea Combine Fedora Core3, RH9, Suse Pro CD ISO into 1 DVD

    Since Digit Magazine included Fedora Core 3 CD ISO's in this months issue I wanted to combine the 4 CD images into single DVD and burn it with my new DVD writer Now I don't have a T1 connection to download that DVD Iso from redhat site

    Here is the info on howto combine the CD ISO's into 1 DVD ISO:

    * REdhat 9 (Replace FC3-i386-disc1.iso to Shrike-i386-disc1.iso), Fedora Core 3.

    How to make your own Fedora Core 3 DVD from the CD ISO images?

    These instructions require you to have enough disk space for the
    resulting ISO image, but if you have a DVD burner and don't care about
    installing the media checksum so that you can test the media from
    install (not really that important if you have verified the checksums
    of the original images, unless you're concerned about errors resulting
    from the actual DVD creation process itself), you can pipe the output
    of mkisofs directly to your burning software and not worry about the
    intermediate disk space.

    So here are the steps. These steps create a DVD image that is usable
    from a Unix system. Add the -J and -T flags to the mkisofs command if
    you want something that you can read from Windows as well. Add
    -V "Label" if you want to create a volume label.

    1. Go to a place on your drive with about 3.5 GB free. This is
    needed for the final ISO image only. You'll need a 2.4 kernel to
    create a file > 2 GB.

    2. Create directories on which to mount the ISO images using loop
    device mounts:

    mkdir FC3-i386-disc{1,2,3,4}

    3. Mount the ISO images using a loop device mount:

    mount -o ro,loop .../FC3-i386-disc1.iso FC3-386-disc1
    mount -o ro,loop .../FC3-i386-disc2.iso FC3-i386-disc2
    # etc. -- repeat for the remaining discs that you want
    # Replace ... with the path to your ISO images.

    4. Copy the isolinux directory and the .discinfo from disc1 to the
    current directory:

    cp -a FC3-i386-disc1/isolinux FC3-i386-disc1/.discinfo .

    5. Edit the .discinfo file, replacing the fourth line with 1,2,3,4

    6. Create the iso image. I'm separating this mkisofs command into
    multiple lines ending with \ for clarity. You can type it that
    way or as a long command. I explain this command at the end.

    mkisofs -o FC3-i386-dvd.iso \
    -b isolinux/isolinux.bin -c isolinux/boot.cat \
    -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table \
    -R -m TRANS.TBL \
    -x FC3-i386-disc1/.discinfo -x FC3-i386-disc1/isolinux \
    -graft-points FC3-i386-disc1 .discinfo=.discinfo isolinux/=isolinux \
    Fedora/=FC3-i386-disc2/Fedora Fedora/=FC3-i386-disc3/Fedora \
    Fedora/=FC3-i386-disc4/Fedora

    Now burn the resulting ISO image to a DVD.

    Here's the mkisofs command explained:

    # Write the output to FC3-i386-dvd.iso
    mkisofs -o FC3-i386-dvd.iso \

    # Set up the DVD to be bootable using an El Torito boot image.
    # This comes from the RELEASE_NOTES file on disc 1.
    -b isolinux/isolinux.bin -c isolinux/boot.cat \
    -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table \

    # Use Rock ridge extensions (to support long file names, etc.).
    # Exclude all TRANS.TBL files on the original disc. If you want
    # to access this disc from Windows, add -J to create Joliet
    # extensions and -T to create new TRANS.TBL files in place of
    # the ones you're omitting.
    -R -m TRANS.TBL \

    # Omit the .discinfo and isolinux files from disc1
    -x FC3-i386-disc1/.discinfo -x FC3-i386-disc1/isolinux \

    # Use Psyche-i386-disc1 (minus above exclusions) as the root.
    # Graft the .discinfo and isolinux directories from the current
    # directory to .discinfo and isolinux on the new disc. Also
    Source: www.mjmwired.net
    Last edited by ferrari; 04-01-2005 at 09:23 PM.

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    * Suse Pro 9.2

    1.) Create a folder to hold the ISO image on the Windows PC.

    2.) Create an ISO image of the First CD of the Suse 9.2 set in the folder you created. I used Nero to create an nrg image and converted it using Ultra ISO. Ultra ISO can also create an image from the tools menu select CD/DVD Image.

    3.) Next open the Image you created with Ultra ISO, there you will be able to see the internal directory structure of the image file. You can extract files from it or add files / folders to it. It should look like, not expanded:

    SU920.001
    +Boot
    +Docu
    +Dosutils
    Media.1
    +Suse

    4.) Insert CD # 2 into the drive and open it using the bottom browser pane of Ultra ISO. On the right side bottom pane select EVERYTHING on the disk. Drag this selection to the very top of the image directory top left window where it is labeled “ SU920.001 “ and drop it there. It will ask about overwriting several files “ license, copying, etc just answer yes to all.

    5.) Once CD # 2’s contents have been added to the image of CD # 1, select file and save the image. You have to leave the CD # 2 in the drive until this step is completed. Note the save takes a while it could be 10 minutes on a slow machine.

    6.) Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each of the 3 remaining CD’s. Remember to save after you add each of the CD’s contents. Always make sure you drag to the very top of the directory structure where it says SU920.001, and save after each CD.

    7.) When you get to this step you should have an image file that shows in Ultra ISO as 3,240 MB, windows will display this number differently in explorer. The directories should read top to bottom as below not expanded:

    SU920.001 ( This is the Volume Label ) that we are going to change next.
    +Boot
    +Docu
    +Dosutils
    Media.1
    Media.2
    Media.3
    Media.4
    Media.5
    +Suse

    8.) Next select the top of the directory structure where it states “SU920.001”, right click it and rename it to SU920.DVD. I’m not sure this step even matters but that’s what I did. It should now look like:

    SU920.DVD
    +Boot
    +Docu
    +Dosutils
    Media.1
    Media.2
    Media.3
    Media.4
    Media.5
    +Suse

    9.) Only one problem left, the MD5SUM files are messed up as the only ones you have in the image file are the last CD’s MD5SUM's. These files are plain text files that have a file list of the directory contents and each of the MD5SUM’s for each file. They are contained in the directories i586, i686, noarch, and setup directories under the suse directory.

    SU920.DVD
    +Boot
    +Docu
    +Dosutils
    Media.1
    Media.2
    Media.3
    Media.4
    Media.5
    +Suse
    I586
    I686
    Noarch
    +Setup

    10.) We do not need to bother with the “setup” directory MD5SUM file, it is still the original from CD # 1, and it should only be one file md5sum listed, none of the other CD’s has this directory.

    11.) Create a temporary directory for each of the i586, i686, noarch directories on the windows PC, Insert CD #1 into the drive and copy the MD5SUM files from the CD to the respective temp hard disk folders.

    12.) Next insert each of the other CD’s ( 2, 3, 4, and finally 5 ) one at a time and append the appropriate MD5SUM text to the bottom of the MD5SUM files from CD # 1. Remember when they are saved DO NOT GIVE THEM A FILE EXTENSION! Windows may want to assign it as “ MD5SUM.txt “ it should be “ MD5SUM ” Without the quotes.

    13.) When the MD5SUM files are all combined into a plain text file for each directory i586, i686, noarch, we just use Ultra ISO to copy each of these files to their respective directory and overwrite the existing MD5SUM file inside of the image, and save the ISO image again. The image file is complete and ready to burn.

    14.) The last step is to use your favorite DVD burning software and burn the image to a blank + or - DVD of your choice. I always use a slow speed for DVD burning for quality. Save the image file until you are sure that you have a good burn.

    Source: www.linuxquestions.org
    Regards.

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    KingKrool Guest
    I was wondering... is there a way to go backwards?
    Create multiple CDs frm a DVD image.
    Cos I can dld a DVD image but do not have a DVD writer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKrool
    I was wondering... is there a way to go backwards?
    Create multiple CDs frm a DVD image.
    Cos I can dld a DVD image but do not have a DVD writer.
    thats funny KK if u can afford to download the massive DVD ISO but at the end want to split into CD ISO to burn CD's then why don't u download the CD ISO instead of DVD ISO

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    KingKrool Guest
    Not that funny really.
    It just so happens that what I want is available only as a DVD and not as a set of CDs.

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    use this
    http://www.tucows.com/preview/217898.html
    you can split the iso`s into smaller pieces... to fit onto a cd...
    oh btw.. if you use it please tell me how it is

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    KingKrool Guest
    That is of no use!!! It appears to be a file splitter - it will not do the job.
    But if u can install frm the hdd then I may just go frm there. (was interested in installing 64 bit SuSE)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrari
    thats funny KK if u can afford to download the massive DVD ISO but at the end want to split into CD ISO to burn CD's then why don't u download the CD ISO instead of DVD ISO
    Hmm not really, SUSE x86_64 is available only in DVD form

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    hey ferrari nice tip man ha ha but suse for 64 only DVD iso btw kingkrool and ajax buy a DVD-ROM friends they ain't expensive come on now this is the world of DVD's say bye bye to CD's You even get 8cm mini DVD's

    there is a script to combine all cd iso to dvd iso

    http://www.linuxcompatible.org/story23334.html
    Last edited by unix.blackhat; 23-01-2005 at 04:26 PM.

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    and yes suse good but hell with thier software agreements

    read this : http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...04/05/1/177778

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    KingKrool Guest
    I have a DVD ROM.
    I don't have the writer tho it cost 5.7f k and I don't have that kind of cash. Or rather I do, just do'nt think it is worth spending it on one stinky DVD writer....
    tho I may if I find that it is useful for backup purposes.

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    mlnunes Guest
    i feel even though DVD-ROMs replacing CD-ROMs
    It will take a while for DVD-RWs to replace CD-RWs
    its better to save ur cash for now

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    yo I made a Fedora Core 3 DVD from the CD iso's I got single DVd better than 4 damn cd's saves space in my CD folder
    I also added huge software(windows,linux mini live cd's) collection to my Fedora DVD to utilize the remaining free 2GB space on my DVD wooho DVD's best

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