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Re: [alpine-devel] Rename proposal of alpine .ISOs

From: Isaac Dunham <>
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2015 12:49:07 -0700

On Sun, Oct 18, 2015 at 08:25:20PM +0200, Natanael Copa wrote:
> On Sun, 18 Oct 2015 14:16:56 +0200
> 7heo <> wrote:
> > I would also get rid of the iso format as the main one, as nobody
> > burns installation medias anymore. It would be much better to have a
> > dd'able installation image.
> The .iso format has only served as an archive format, which you can
> easily boot directly in qemu.
> You can also use 7zip in windows to extract the files and run
> syslinux.exe. I doubt that is ever done though.

I always used to extract the ISO in 7zip, then use grub4dos to boot the

> Maybe a dd'able isohybrid or something would work?

I'd really like to see isohybrid used on ISOs, if possible; while it's
not a perfect solution, it's more useful than old-fashioned ISOs.

> But we will also need some storage on the bootable media in case you
> want to run diskeless. for some storage on dd'able boot media from
> isohybrid would require user to create a second partition for apkovl.
> If we have an dd'able boot image with vfat file system we will also
> need add a second partition for apkovl as fat does not support resize.

*blink* Huh?
fatresize, fips...there *are* ways to split and resize FAT filesystems,
and there have been for 10-20 years (FIPS was from 1995, fatresize from
2005), though the former needs to be packaged and the latter is DOS only.

Don't forget that UDF is another option.

Isaac Dunham

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