What utility do you use to burn multilive DVDs?

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What utility do you use to burn multilive DVDs?

Postby blackspot » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:54 pm

Is it a Linux or Windows program?

For Linux, I've heard of the limited 'multicd' script. There appears to be better utilities for Windows.

I'm looking for a Linux utility or script(s) so I may take the Linux LiveCD ISOs I've downloaded from the net, or from your DVDs, and create my own custom multi-live chooser LiveDVDs. Thank you.
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Postby M-Saunders » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:53 am


I can't speak for Ben, but when I used to make the LXF DVDs, I integrated the different distros manually. There's no magic tool to do it all automatically for any distro -- sure, there are things like multicd, but they only work with certain distros.

Ultimately, most distros have different directory layouts, boot options etc., so you have to be aware of these differences when fitting them all together on a single disc. It can get pretty complicated, and I did a lot of hacking on initrds and boot scripts back in the day.

Hope that helps!

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Postby lok1950 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:15 pm

And got quite good at it Mike :wink:

Enjoy the Choice :)
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Postby blackspot » Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:11 pm

thanks. anyone else?
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Postby blackspot » Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:04 am

Here are some possible tools I've found:

# Buildroot package
Used to build basic ARL Linux distribution from scratch. ARL contains some patches and extensions to the Buildroot, which are included in the ARL package.

# Syslinux package
Used binary files allowing to create bootable iso and usb stick.

# Testdisk package
Used binary utility testdisk and photoreg.

# Chntpw package
Used statically linked utility chntpw and reged.

# Memtest86+ package
Used bootable binary allowing to start memory test during boot.

# ARL package
This package contains modified free version of AVG for Linux, patches, configuration files and other stuff needed by AVG and buildroot.

For more info see the ARL Package_Structure
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Postby nelz » Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:13 am

There are so many ways of booting distros that manual examination of each one is the only reliable way of doing it. Chainloading the syslinux bootloader for each distro from a master one works best, but you also have to fiddle with boot parameters, or even edit init scripts in initrd images, because so many distro boot systems work on the assumption you are booting from the root of an optical device.

There is no magic bullet that works for all distros.
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