[Grml] Re: Use GRML without burning any CD

T mlist4suntong at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 1 17:54:15 CEST 2006

On Sat, 01 Jul 2006 11:32:51 -0400, T wrote:

> The following is in asciidoc format.

[ messed up by my news reader, trying again. ]

== Use GRML without burning any CD

=== Linux Case

Case 1: you have

- a working linux, be it on HD or any Live-CD
- a normal partition (see below for details) that has above 800M for GRML
- grub as boot loader on HD

Do the following as root.

==== Copy /boot directory

Copy /boot off the grml cd to your boot partition.

# my boot partition is /dev/sda3
mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/tmp1/
mount -o loop /path/to/distros/grml/grml_0.7.iso /mnt/tmp2
mkdir -p /mnt/tmp1/boot/grml
cp /mnt/tmp2/boot/isolinux/linux26 /mnt/tmp1/boot/grml
cp /mnt/tmp2/boot/isolinux/minirt26.gz /mnt/tmp1/boot/grml

==== Copy /GRML directory

Copy the /GRML directory to your root directory of any *normal* hard disk
partition. You may place it somewhere other than the boot partition
(ext2/3, reiserfs, vfat are supported).

# put /GRML in /dev/sda7
mount /dev/sda7 /mnt/tmp3
cp -pr /mnt/tmp2/GRML /mnt/tmp3

==== Add boot entry

Put in your /boot/grub/menu.lst something like:

  title GRML
        root   (hd0,6)
        kernel  /boot/grml/linux26 welcome noeject noprompt
        fromhd=/dev/sda7 initrd  /boot/grml/minirt26.gz

Notice the 'fromhd' parameter: it's the location of the /GRML directory.

 umount /mnt/tmp1
 umount /mnt/tmp2
 umount /mnt/tmp3

Now reboot and have fun.

Note: Adapted from Knoppix Remastering Howto

=== Windows Case

Case 2: for those unfortunate people who have to use Windoze...

Suppose you have a windows-only pc, and only one partition; to make things
worse the partition is windoze close-and-proprietary NTFS, yet you still
want to use grml without burning any CD. Then, check out the

Poor man's install, grub and ntfs

Basically it involves installing wingrub and copying files. Remember to

good luck.


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