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Creating a custom installer

Postby codenamex » 2018-12-24 09:54

Hi, guys!

First of all, I want to apologise for my english. Second, for this question, if it's not the first time when it's posted. As the title of this topic says, I would like to create a custom installer for my modified Debian. I've used Systemback to create an .iso file, but is there any guide where I could learn how to create an installer (like Debian has) for my modified distro? I do not want to launch a new distro, it's for an educational purpose and my personal use.

Thank you very much!
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Re: Creating a custom installer

Postby xepan » 2018-12-24 22:41

not much in it anymore, but refracta has got two things you might care for:
a) the tool refractasnapshot creates an iso (which you already have), and will add the usual debian-installer to that iso
b) the tool refractainstaller installs an a running live to hard-disk. Iirc it does so mainly by using rsync.

Both are bash scripts, so you can look yourself how those tools do exactly what they do.
Or you could ask in the refracta subforum to be found here: http://www.debianuserforums.org/viewfor ... 49efad16cb

good luck.
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Re: Creating a custom installer

Postby codenamex » 2018-12-25 05:36

xepan wrote:not much in it anymore, but refracta has got two things you might care for:
a) the tool refractasnapshot creates an iso (which you already have), and will add the usual debian-installer to that iso
b) the tool refractainstaller installs an a running live to hard-disk. Iirc it does so mainly by using rsync.

Both are bash scripts, so you can look yourself how those tools do exactly what they do.
Or you could ask in the refracta subforum to be found here: http://www.debianuserforums.org/viewfor ... 49efad16cb

good luck.


I've heard about refracta, but never tried. Thank you very much!
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Re: Creating a custom installer

Postby Mrfai » 2019-02-22 11:35

There's the installer framework called calamares https://calamares.io
It used on the Debian live CD and also other distributions are using Calamares as their installer.
The FAI project can also create customized installation CD/DVD/ USB sticks, but this installation will be fully automated.
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Re: Creating a custom installer

Postby None1975 » 2019-02-22 13:17

Mrfai wrote:It used on the Debian live CD

According Calamares web site, Debian ship Calamares in package repositories, but not as live CD installer.
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