Thursday, May 15, 2008

Complementary Repository CD ISO for "Sulphur" i686 LiveCD

I've been wanting to do this, several times since F7 but kept forgetting due to occupied with stuff. I have put together a complementary ISO containing a repository containing some Livna packages, OpenOffice, and a bunch of stuff which I guess might be useful to users. It is generated using the i686 LiveCD as the root for dependency checks, so, its dependency compatible with the official i686 LiveCD. I'm not sure how beneficial this ISO will be. But I guess it can help our users who does not have big bandwidth to grab certain stuff. Also helps for people who want a kindof-complete desktop environment without being online to grab from stuff from the repos.

Here's the torrent
- SulphurComplementary-i386-20080515.iso.torrent.
I'm the only one seeding it, so, seeding help is really appreciated.

"Sulphur" LiveCD Complementary ISO


''What is this CD?''

Nothing much than just a complementary repository for
the Fedora 9 "Sulphur" LiveCD. It contains several
additional packages which complements the LiveCD
packages, which includes stuff from Livna/RPMFusion.
Therefore, this is _NOT_ US Legal safe.

Using it

It was best to use this with system-cdinstall-helper.
However, the replace of Pirut with PackageKit removed
that tool altogether.

Theres several ways to use this:

0) mount this ISO somewhere. eg: /mnt/sulphur-complementary

1) Use yum-tmprepo. (prefered)
- Theres an rpm called yum-tmprepo in the packages folder
- Install it using:

rpm -ivh yum-tmprepo\*

- Use yum with --tmprepo parameter to yum from this CD

yum --tmprepo=/mnt/sulphur-complementary/ install

2) Add as a repository (works with GUI tools)
- create a config in /etc/yum.repos.d/sulphur-complementary.repo
with this content:

name=Sulphur complementary CD

- use as usual like you would with normal repositories

3) Just install everything in one blow

- If you are lazy and want everything:

cd /mnt/sulphur-complementary/packages
rpm -ivh *.rpm

Have Fun ~ (^-^)

If you want to generate something similar like this ISO on your own, here's the trick:

-> Grab a fedora installation
-> copy our its /var/lib/rpm directory
-> put it in a computer which have internet
-> create an temporary dir
-> paste /var/lib/rpm dir to tmpdir/var/lib/rom
-> yumdownloader --installroot=/full/path/to/tmpdir/ --resolve packageA packageB packageC ...
-> createrepo -d .

and u basically get this a dir with a bunch of rpms for a repo. Maybe case some of you might have noticed, I got this trick from Debarashi's OPYUM's prototype. Have been playing with this trick quite some time as I found it useful to help gather new users in the restrictive/bad service network of my university.

P/S: One of the stuff that I wish F10 will have is the revival of the Add-on CD section on Anaconda/Firstboot. So that more of this produced in the future ^-^.

Update: Urgh .. this is what happen when I do stuff on 2AM .. Those who downloaded the torrent before, please redownload the torrent .. I put a wrong tracker URL .. Or, you can also change it yourself to ..
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