create a new install disk (suse)?

Now that I have my computer setup perfectly, is their a way to create a install disk to re-create it? something that doesnt matter if I change harddrives and new partitions prior to reinstalling it, not actually a Harddisk Backup, but a actual install disk, maybe one that would also install on any computer???

that would be perfect… (something like the original ISO install DVD, but knows exactly how to re-create it the way it is now).

chuck

it is a good idea, but i don’t think it will work…'cause if you
(for example) remove your hard drive (or driveS) and install it
(them) in a box with a different motherboard, DVD, drive controller,
video chip, etc…well, the computer which WAS “setup perfectly”
probably won’t even boot…because it would be missing all the
drivers for the new hardware…

i think what you are saying is that you have a desktop which is
“setup perfectly” for you, the way YOU want it (that is in layout
(where icons are located) and composition (which programs are
available, what background, etc))…if so, then what you want is a
desktopreplicator*…

there used to be one for OS/2 Warp versions 3 and 4 back last
century–a software thingy one could use to save all the bits and
pieces of a ‘perfect’ desktop and later use that image to restore it,
or transport it to another Warped machine, but as far as i know there
is no such thing for Linux…

i think each flavor/version would have to have a specially crafted
desktopreplicator* for EACH…

not likely to happen, sigh…


DenverD (Linux Counter 282315) via NNTP, Thunderbird 2.0.0.14, KDE
3.5.7, SUSE Linux 10.3, 2.6.22.18-0.2-default #1 SMP i686 athlon

Ok chuck Suse has a backup feature. It’s not exactly what you’re after but I have used it. It’s in yast under System look for System Backup how to use it is here:
YaST/Modules/System Backup - openSUSE
Now this DOES NOT make a remaster of your setup. What it does do is is backup your /home folder on a dvd or USB drive. That’s all it does.
When or if your HDD fails you get a new HDD install it into your PC.
You’ll need the SUSE install dvd & your backup dvd. Install Suse like you did originally. Then go to yast System look for System Restoration put in your backup dvd when prompted. Your Fx profile,desktop, documents & pictures will be there. If it was in your home folder it’ll be there.
Unfortunately, that’ll be all. You’ll have to reinstall vlc,mplayer, or any apps you had.
That’s as close as Suse has to what you’re after AFAIK Suse does not have a remasterme capability like PCLOS has.

DenverD wrote:
> it is a good idea, but i don’t think it will work…'cause if you
> (for example) remove your hard drive (or driveS) and install it
> (them) in a box with a different motherboard, DVD, drive controller,
> video chip, etc…well, the computer which WAS “setup perfectly”
> probably won’t even boot…because it would be missing all the
> drivers for the new hardware…

This isn’t Windows. Support for almost all known hardware is available
through kernel modules, and YaST assumes sensible defaults when it can’t
find the correct driver.
I’ve never even seen a hard disk transplant not boot, although of course
on totally different hardware (a lot of) tweaking is necessary afterwards.
But with a system set up with e.g. AutoYaST, the correct drivers would
be loaded while the new system is installed.

> i think what you are saying is that you have a desktop which is
> “setup perfectly” for you, the way YOU want it (that is in layout
> (where icons are located) and composition (which programs are
> available, what background, etc))…if so, then what you want is a
> desktopreplicator*…

Put a known good desktop in /etc/skel/ .

what about away to just once the suse 11.0 is reinstalled on any computer, a easy way to reinstall all installed yast programs and settings? One that would work on any computer (basically).

Ive spent a long time setting up settings and installing codecs and programs and such. A autoinstaller would be great. Sometimes it takes weeks to get it perfect, so if down the road I try to setup a friends computer (after talking him into linux); i cant always remember everything i installed and setup…

chuckctv wrote:
> what about away to just once the suse 11.0 is reinstalled on any
> computer, a easy way to reinstall all installed yast programs and
> settings? One that would work on any computer (basically).
>
> Ive spent a long time setting up settings and installing codecs and
> programs and such. A autoinstaller would be great. Sometimes it takes
> weeks to get it perfect, so if down the road I try to setup a friends
> computer (after talking him into linux); i cant always remember
> everything i installed and setup…

I’ve looked, but the only thing I could find was:
“How to make a live CD/DVD from your harddisk installation” on an Ubuntu
forum.
http://sudan.ubuntuforums.com/showthread.php?t=688872

Other than that, I’m afraid you’ll have to (re?)invent the wheel by your
self. Start with documenting the settings you have changed, make backups
of system- and user settings, compile a list of installed packages
rpm -qa --qf "%{NAME}
"|sort
find /usr/local/*bin -type f -perm /u=x
Use the YaST autoinstaller to setup a basic system with the packages and
repositories you want and fill in the gaps with the backups.