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Re: [opensuse-packaging] Image based installation
  • From: Jiri Srain <jsrain@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 11:00:37 +0200
  • Message-id: <200804101100.38013.jsrain@xxxxxxx>
Dne Thursday 10 of April 2008 10:39:45 Ludwig Nussel napsal(a):
Stephan Kulow wrote:
Yast will see a description file on what pattern selection, what set of
tar files to unpack and will do so. This takes a fraction of the time it
would take with rpm, still after that you have a correctly installed
system. The only difference noticed so far is the install time in rpm
header (which is frozen at the time openSUSE-images built).

Are a few minutes installation time really that important? Sure it's
50% according to your numbers but it's still minutes.
Has anyone actually tried to optimize the traditional installation
method? Like preloading rpms or reorder them on the medium to avoid
seeks on the cdrom?

If you have further questions, feel free to contact me.

How does this mechanism add the rpms of the second and following
images to the rpm database?

There is a special image, which contains the RPM database (and other software
management data), the list of images is bound with this one.

You cannot combine images in any way, only in the way it was intended by the
creator of images. The advantage compared to having only one image is that
you can share some data between images (KDE vs. GNOME) to save media space.



Jiri Srain
YaST Team Leader
SUSE LINUX, s.r.o. e-mail: jsrain@xxxxxxx
Lihovarska 1060/12 tel: +420 284 028 959
190 00 Praha 9 fax: +420 284 028 951
Czech Republic
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