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Offline yaakov

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Newbie: How to install TinyCorePure64 to disk
« on: June 11, 2015, 01:38:29 PM »
A friend asked me how I installed TinyCorePure64 first onto a disk partition.

I want to share my answer here --- not because I am an expert, but because it took me quite a lot of time to search for the details that I needed.  In the end it's quite easy.
Being a TCL newbie myself, I guess my solution is not perfect --- anybody who knows better than me, please correct my mistakes. If you use different approaches, you are welcome to post them here as well.

My starting point: I have already another Linux Distribution running on my computer.  I want to create a new partition for TCPL64.

I follow (as much as I understand) section 2.3 "Manual installation" from the CoreBook: http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/corebook.pdf --- just filling in details.

My first step: Create a new ext4 partition with gparted.  On my system, this new partition is /dev/sdc ---- your path will be different.  Adjust the following commands accordingly.

I will need to add new directories and files to the new partition.  To do this, I login as root and mount the new partition with the command
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mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/

My second step: Get the files (section 2.3.2).  The CoreBook mentions core.gz and vmlinuz.  I had difficulties to locate the corresponding 64bit files.  Hence, I extracted them from the iso image:  I downloaded TinyCorePure64-5.4.iso and executed the command
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7z x Core-current.iso

The needed files are extracted into the directory "boot".  They are called differently: corepure64.gz and vmlinuz64.  That's not a problem.  The following command copies them to the new partition:
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cp -r bin /mnt/bin

I create the root directory for the extensions with the command
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mkdir /mnt/tce

My third step: configure and install the grub2 bootloader (section 2.3.3).
First, I need to find out the uuid of my new TCL partition.  I use the command
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ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid
This shows the uuids and the device names of all my drives.  In my case, /dev/sdc has the uuid 99b1c94e-2f36-47be-b7e8-1f4c32a8a655.  I am sure your uuid is different.

Now, I create my grub2 configuration file: Edit /mnt/boot/grub.cfg (this file will be /boot/grub.cfg on your new partition):

    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root "99b1c94e-2f36-47be-b7e8-1f4c32a8a655"
    menuentry "Core" {
      linux /boot/vmlinuz64 quiet waitusb=5
      initrd /boot/corepure64.gz
    }

Of course, you need to replace the uuid in the first line with your uuid.

Finally, I install the grub bootloader with the command
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grub-install --force --no-floppy --boot-directory=/mnt/boot /dev/sdc
You may have to replace the disk device file /dev/sdc by your own partition device.

That's what I remember from my installation.

Offline hal9king

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Re: Newbie: How to install TinyCorePure64 to disk
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2015, 02:36:14 PM »
Interesting ... not the way I do it ... but it works.   Couple of tools and options I haven't used:

7z for one --- I simply mount the ISO with  mount -o loop xxx.iso  directory-mount-point and copy out whats need.
                    (this is on Tiny Core -- other distributions might use losetup to create the loop to the iso)

also blkid  is usually available to find the uuid of a partition.

I use 'fdisk' to make partitions and 'mkfs' to format -- and usually install booting with lilo instead of grub -- or even extlinux (just don't like grub -- either version).

All in what you are use to -- comfort range.    Thanks for the post -- always good to see other options.
In science, we know ... what we don't know.

Offline ak7qs

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Re: Newbie: How to install TinyCorePure64 to disk
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2015, 11:45:01 AM »
I would like to note, your variant  of section of the grub2 config file has not worked. Systen is not booting, just black empty display , nor cursor,  nothing. OS ubuntu x86
i changed it to such kind:
menuentry 'Core' {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos5' #or another partition
linux /boot/vmlinuz64
initrd /boot/corepure64.gz
}
« Last Edit: September 14, 2015, 11:46:50 AM by ak7qs »

gordon64

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Re: Newbie: How to install TinyCorePure64 to disk
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2015, 07:13:53 PM »
Hi

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A friend asked me how I installed TinyCorePure64
Are you sure? Core-current.iso sounds like a 32 bit iso.

Try this
http://tinycorelinux.net/6.x/x86_64/release/distribution_files/
vmlinuz64 is the 64 bit kernel
corepure64.gz is the core

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I downloaded TinyCorePure64-5.4.iso
Why not look at the recent one?
http://tinycorelinux.net/6.x/x86_64/release/

In case you are not sure how I got those links first go to the downloads page
http://tinycorelinux.net/downloads.html
click other ports -----you can see x86_64 mentioned on downloads page
http://tinycorelinux.net/ports.html
then  click  pure64 latest  to get to isos page
http://tinycorelinux.net/6.x/x86_64/release/

This gives you choices of 64 bit isos
to get the kernel and core click on the distribution files
http://tinycorelinux.net/6.x/x86_64/release/distribution_files/

good luck