AIX Install Disk Image Format
> on a related note... does anyone know what format the disk images are
in? tried mounting one on my linux box using a loop back device and ufs,jfs
and vfat - but no luck!
Douglas Hall diddled about and came up with:
After a bit of experimenting witht the various formats
(dd, tar, cpio etc,) it finally turns out the format of the floppies is
the aix backup format.
# man -k backup
should reveal some information on the various commands for manipulating
backup images and
# /etc/restore -T
on one of the OS floppies (try the first on in a series) should list
the contents of the archive.
Gereon Wenzel chimes in with:
"restore -T" does a great job listing
the contents of an AIX install disk, before you dump any useless scrap
to your disk.
Back to Douglas Hall:
"installp" seems to be quite happy working with an
image of the disk, so you could use "dd" to extract the
contents of a floppy to harddisk and install that way, e.g.:
<output copied from the 9595>
# dd if=/dev/rfd0 of=/tmp/devtoolsimage1 bs=128k
# installp -d /tmp/devtoolsimage1
000-123 Warning: Before you continue, etc.,
Do you want to continue with this command? (y or n)
Please mount volume 1 on /tmp/devtoolsimage1
...and press Enter to continue
files restored: 1
The program " Adv. Dev. Support Tools(PS2)"
will be installed.
Do you want to do this? (y/n)
<end of output copied from the 9595>
There is also an "installt" (install from tape) command
which I suppose could be used to create a tape of all the various distributions
quite easily. Not having a tape drive, I cannot test this :)
Install over the network is the next challenge!