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Copying redhat 4.1 cd to HD
I’m trying to install Linux on my machine for the first time.  I had a Redhat 4.1 CD and I would like to install it.  I have tried many different specifications to install straight from my Sony CDU33a-01 CDROM, but none of them worked, now I just want to copy the whole CD to my hard drive and install from there.  I have an empty 2.6 GB hard drive, partitioned into 900mb, 900mb and 700mb.  

I would like to have Win95 on the first 900mb, have a copy of the redhat CD on the second 900mb, and install redhat on the 700mb.

Here the problem, using DOS copy, or DOS xcopy or win95 copy, I can not copy all of the files to my HD.  It will start to copy the files, but then I get an error, "File does not exist", and the copying stop.   I have noticed that all the files that I get an error with have a " + " in the name.  EX. Gcc-c++-.7  

Is there any way that I can get a copy of the whole CD on to my Hard Drive, any method would be help please.
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I ran into that myself.  Luckily there is nothing crucial with
a "+" in the file name (the DOS fat filesystem will not allow
extended ascii chars in filenames.)

All you need from the CD is the RedHat directory - should be
only 200 or so Mb (contains base, instimage, RPMS, rpmcontents
I believe).  Copy this directory to your hard drive, and make
a note of those that fail with the + signs.

Then install Linux from the HDD.  After you've installed Linux,
you can reformat that partition containing the CD contents to
ext2.  Then you can mount the CD from Linux, and put the contents
on your hard drive (assuming you need it at that point - you
should be able to do everything using the CD in Linux.)

If for any reason you can't get the CD working immediately, then
just grab those packages off the net from Linux, and use the rpm
utility to install the ones you need (ie.  rpm -i g++xxxx.rpm)

Good luck
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thanks, i'll give that a try.
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