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Allow installation from a directory #20

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noryb009 opened this Issue Nov 16, 2017 · 3 comments

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noryb009 commented Nov 16, 2017

Currently, we only allow installation from an ISO file. Installation from a directory might be easier if someone has a burned CD, but don't have or no longer has the ISO.

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jamesbond3142 commented Nov 17, 2017

This is will be a welcome addition!

Just one question to ask - it has been a very long time since I used Windows, so please bear with me. I seem to recall you can access the physical drive content by using the construct \.\PhysicalDrive0 or something. You can then treat this physical drive as if it's the ISO file and extract the stuff from them?

This is probably just a stop-gap measure though.

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noryb009 commented Nov 17, 2017

Thank you for the suggestion, but I feel like doing it the "proper" way and just copying files from the D:/ drive (or whichever directory it may be) would be simpler than trying to make (and debug) treating a drive as an ISO file.

I feel like most of the work here is updating the GUI to accept a drive/directory, then piping the data to the uniso function (or whatever the new interface is).

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jamesbond3142 commented Nov 17, 2017

noryb009 added a commit that referenced this issue Nov 27, 2017

FEATURE: Initial undir support
Allow installing from a directory. This works, but work still needs
to be done:
* Do more tests.
* Generate a name and an ID for the directory.
* Update strings in the frontend.
* Add support to the CLI and update strings.

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noryb009 added a commit that referenced this issue Nov 27, 2017

FEATURE: Generate names and IDs for directories
Right now, this really only supports directories (where it takes the
directory name), and uses a generic "Linux" name for drives. Long-term,
we should switch to asking distros if they think they own the
directory/drive/ISO, and if so, to generate a name themselves.

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noryb009 added a commit that referenced this issue Nov 27, 2017

FEATURE: Change strings to suggest installing from CD drives
The one remaining reference to ISOs is the drop area. It looks like
FLTK doesn't support a file and directory select window. I believe
the simplest solution (until the GUI redesign) is to either have two
tabs, or two drop areas on one tab. (Both will accept dropping ISOs
and drives, but the text and onclick handlers would be different).

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