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    Default How to save current system as a bootable disk?

    I would like to copy my system into a DVD that I can later use as a bootable disk. Any ideas would be appreciated. Having such a disk could be handy, as it would contain current software upgrades.
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    Default Re: How to save current system as a bootable disk?

    Quote Originally Posted by Parthenolide View Post
    I would like to copy my system into a DVD that I can later use as a bootable disk. Any ideas would be appreciated.
    I don't have a ready solution, but 2 ideas come into my mind.

    OpenSUSE Studio is a tool to make appliances. Normally the appliance is made from newly build packages and you can add some files. Maybe you can "misuse" it to add no packages at all and all your files. Or just with a couple of packages which happen to be the same ones as in your system and all your files. I don't know Studio well enough to be sure whether it makes sense

    I have once worked with a LiveCD remix. It was Ubuntu, I don't know whether OpenSUSE LiveCDs are built using the same principles. The Ubuntu recipe is here: ~timo-jyrinki/ubuntu-fi-remix/main : contents of finnish-remix.sh at revision 13
    (The comments might not be legible for everybody, please note that athough this is a .sh file it will not run as a shell script, it is really just a recipe what to do) The main point is that you need a special file system suitable for LiveCDs. Ubuntu uses squashfs, don't know how that fits to OpenSUSE. Maybe you can find the code/recipe how OpenSUSE LiveCDs are built somewhere on the net. Or you just boot an "official" LiveCD and reverse engineer a bit how it is built.

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