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Installing Slax

wrote 172 days ago

So the installer that ships with slax doesnt actually work (Atleast not on virtualbox) to install it to a Virtual box hdd I had to take a few steps which took a bit of tinkering to get just right to allow the slax hdd install.

First you want to find the virtual hard disk in slax:
fdisk -l should give something like /dev/sda

Next is to create a partition table and the partions:
best look this up using gparted or fdisk (both on slax)

after that mount it, i always create a dummy folder in /mnt/ called my_drive or similar:
mkdir /mnt/my_drive && mount /dev/sda /mnt/my_drive

Do a recursive copy or using the GUI drag the /slax folder from the ISO or cddrive:
cp -r /mnt/live/memory/data/slax /mnt/my_drive/

Now at this point I had to move the all the files to a folder called slax EXCEPT the /boot folder
mkdir /mnt/my_drive/slax && mv *.sb /mnt/my_drive/slax/

Your Hard disk drive should look something like this:

/dev/sda - /
/The .sb files
/syslinux stuff and

Then you go into your boot folder and alter the syslinux.cfg:
Mine ended up get changed to this,

LABEL linux
KERNEL /boot/vmlinuz
APPEND root=/dev/sda initrd=/boot/initrfs.img load_raddisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=0 rw printk.time=0 slax.flags=xmode,perch

after that its a matter of running that broken to run the syslinux bootloader installer.
cd /mnt/my_drive/boot && ./

Reboot the VM and it should boot from the harddrive.

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