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Re: Seeking a suggestion for unattended mass install procedure

On Mon, Nov 04, 2013 at 08:13:41PM +0000, Buchbinder, Barry (NIH/NIAID) [E] wrote:
>Lavrentiev, Anton (NIH/NLM/NCBI) [C] sent the following at Monday, November 04, 2013 1:28 PM
>>Thanks for the suggestion. My Systems team need to install from
>>scratch on bare boxes, from only an image DVD (which contained all the
>>requisites of the future machine, including CYGWIN's setup and the
>>downloaded directory, as I previously described).
>If you want cygwin on an image DVD, just copy an installation to the
>disk from which the DVD is made, thereby avoiding setup.  (That is
>similar to how I clone my desktop on C: via H: to my laptop - also
>on C:.)  Then you just need a script to customize /etc/passwd,
>/etc/group, create /home/$user, and maybe re-run some of the scripts
>in /etc/postinstall/.
>Ideas for updating from a master installation without setup available
>upon request.

That's how I'd do it if you can get everything to fit on a DVD.

>(I suspect that this method is not supported by this list since setup
>is not used.)

Well, no, but it's simple enough that the only problems I'd expect would
be with your scripts.  Do you want to package them up and make them
available for everyone via setup.exe?  Then they actually would be
supported.  :-)


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