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Thread: Is there a difference in the install bits between 12.04.1 and 12.04.2?

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    Is there a difference in the install bits between 12.04.1 and 12.04.2?

    I have a USB stick that I use to install various Linux flavors. Well, for values of "various" that mean Scientific Linux 6.3 and Ubuntu at this point, but that *could* change.

    Anyway, it's a 16 GiB stick and has 3 top level directories:

    /grub
    /iso
    /SL3
    (well, and lost+found, but that's not relevant here)

    /iso contains ubuntu-12.04.1-desktop-i386.iso ubuntu-12.04.2-server-i386.iso ubuntu-12.10-desktop-amd64.iso

    and /grub/grub.conf contains:
    menuentry "SL EL" {
    insmod loopback
    insmod iso9660
    set isofile="/SL3/SL-63-x86_64-2012-08-02-Install-DVD.iso"
    loopback loop (hd0,1)$isofile
    # loopback loop /iso/SL-63-x86_64-2012-08-02-Install-DVD.iso
    linux (loop)/isolinux/vmlinuz rootfstype=auto root=live:/dev/loop
    initrd (loop)/isolinux/initrd.img
    }

    menuentry "Ubuntu 12.10 64bit Desktop ISO" {
    set isofile="/iso/ubuntu-12.10-desktop-amd64.iso"
    loopback loop (hd0,1)$isofile
    linux (loop)/casper/vmlinuz boot=casper iso-scan/filename=$isofile noprompt noeject
    initrd (loop)/casper/initrd.lz
    }


    menuentry "Ubuntu 12.04 32bit Desktop ISO" {
    set isofile="/iso/ubuntu-12.04.1-desktop-i386.iso"
    loopback loop (hd0,1)$isofile
    linux (loop)/casper/vmlinuz boot=casper iso-scan/filename=$isofile noprompt noeject
    initrd (loop)/casper/initrd.lz
    }


    menuentry "Ubuntu 12.04.2 32bit SERVER ISO" {
    set isofile="/iso/ubuntu-12.04.2-server-i386.iso"
    loopback loop (hd0,1)$isofile
    linux (loop)/install/vmlinuz boot=casper iso-scan/filename=$isofile noprompt noeject
    initrd (loop)/install/initrd.gz
    }


    My problem is that the first three work, but the last does not.

    Initially it couldn't find vmlinuz, which moved (for some reason) from /casper to /install on the ISO (or it's always been in install but was also in /casper and is now gone).

    But now the device boots off the USB stick does a few things (sets up the language and the keyboard) then goes to mount the ISO and can't find it.

    What am I missing here?

    I'm sorry if this has been covered before, but I can't find anything in the change log, or in the forums. Probably because I can't think of good search terms.

    Anyway, thanks for your help.

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    Re: Is there a difference in the install bits between 12.04.1 and 12.04.2?

    To be more exact, the error I'm getting is:
    "Your installation CD-ROM couldn't be mounted. This probably means that the CD-ROM was not in the drive. If so you can insert it and try again.

    Retry mounting the CD-ROM?"

    I should note that this machine currently has 12.04.1 Desktop on it, installed from the entry directly prior, and I created the Server entry by cutting and pasting, and when that didn't work I s/casper/install/ on the linux and initrd lines and changed initrd.lz to initrd.gz.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Is there a difference in the install bits between 12.04.1 and 12.04.2?

    The server installer wants to "see" a cd-rom in the machine. It can only install from usb stick with a work around. You can use something like this since the iso file is already on the stick:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...38#post9705738
    Darko.
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    Re: Is there a difference in the install bits between 12.04.1 and 12.04.2?

    Cannot comment on your problem, but the following strikes me as unusual:
    Quote Originally Posted by petrocc View Post
    menuentry "Ubuntu 12.04.2 32bit SERVER ISO" {
    set isofile="/iso/ubuntu-12.04.2-server-i386.iso"
    loopback loop (hd0,1)$isofile
    linux (loop)/install/vmlinuz boot=casper iso-scan/filename=$isofile noprompt noeject
    initrd (loop)/install/initrd.gz
    }
    The other two entries for Ubuntu use directory /casper and lzma-compressed initrd.

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    Re: Is there a difference in the install bits between 12.04.1 and 12.04.2?

    @darkod, thanks for the quick response.

    Apparently Things Have Changed, and the instructions in that post describe a sequence that no longer exists.

    The documentation here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/ISOBoot should probably reflect the differences and note that the server variant is significantly different.

    i will echo what Shakma said 2 and a half years ago " P.S. Canonical - I love you, but you must realize people will be installing from usb drives more than CDs from this point forward. Please update the server installer! "

    Well, except the "I love you" part. I'm more of a "let's be friends".

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    Re: Is there a difference in the install bits between 12.04.1 and 12.04.2?

    Quote Originally Posted by schragge View Post
    Cannot comment on your problem, but the following strikes me as unusual:
    The other two entries for Ubuntu use directory /casper and lzma-compressed initrd.
    Yup.

    But if you look on the ISO there is no /casper and the initrd is gzipped.

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    Re: Is there a difference in the install bits between 12.04.1 and 12.04.2?

    That sequence should work but I just remembered that I was doing it with the extracted ISO onto a stick, not the ISO file on it like you are. So, that might be the difference, sorry.
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