How to install SpareMiNT's RPM-packages very easy
Note that I only started this project for my personal use, and i
stopped the further development as EasyMiNT was available for
download on Marc-Antón Kehr's Homepage...
If you try to install
SpareMiNT on your favorite computer system then
you should start with Marc-Antón Kehr's
MiNT-Net für Dummies or
MiNT-Net for Lamers.
With this MiNT-Net package you have a working base system. Now you have to
download the necessary files from the
Additionally to the documentation files in the bootstrapping archive
Marc-Antón Kehr additionally offers a good german description
how to prepare your system and install the bootstrap archive:
SpareMiNT für Dummies. After that your system is fit to install
all the rpm packages you can find on the
SpareMiNT server. During installation of the packages you will find
out, that many packages depend on others. Additionally RPM claims about
missing directories and others...
Example: If you try to install package X and the package
depends on package Y then you have to install package Y at first. Maybe
package Y depends on other packages you didn't install too. That's really
So what's the best sequence to install all those packages in a faster
way than trying whether an other package should installed before?
My solution: I sorted the packages and split it into several groups.
I used the installation model of SuSE Linux 7.0 as a good example for my
- Software without X-Windows
- Security related Software
- Base X-Window System
- 3D-stuff for X11
And here I am, with my installation groups and a number of RPM-packages
in every group. The depencies of the packages deviate a little bit
from the SuSE-packages I examined. So I have to rework the sequence now.
These days I write a little bash-script that creates the missing
directories and gives you the possibility to install the packages in
an easier way as it is now.
TInA 1.0 is now available here.
Extract the LZH-archive to a blank floppy disk. This bootdisk is
prepared for Hades. So if you use it for other systems please remove
set_mmu.prg from auto-folder.
How to start TiNA:
- Be sure you have copied the following packages to your harddisk
- Marc-Antón Kehr's MiNT-Net packages
- SpareMiNT bootstrapping archive
- SpareMiNT's RPM-archives
- You can boot now from the floppy to install SpareMiNT
- TiNA will lead you through the installation
Note that this is only a first step to a more comfortable installation
procedure for SpareMiNT. Much more have to be done...
I recommend you using the test-features of TiNA before you start the
real installation. A more detailed description of TiNA and it's
possibilities to create your own installion scripts can be found in the
near future on this page...