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I am trying to install Slakware LINUX so that I can run it from the CD-ROM.  I have the 'complete' Slakware96, included with the book "Slakware Linux Unleashed" third edition (Sams Publishing).  The setup program gives you an option (called Slaktest - which is also a directory on the cdrom) to setup to run from the CD-ROM by creating a link from /usr to /cdrom/live/usr.
Problem #1: there is no directory /live/usr on the CD, and the cdrom appears to be mounted in the directory /cdrom.  When I go on in setup to install the disk sets, the set 'a' installs no problem (there is a subdirectory a1 to /slaktest
on the cd), but any other package gives the message:
Warning
Can't find a disk series ap in the source directory.
Skipping it...
Of course ap is replaced by the appropriate disk set.  A1 appears to be the only subdirectory of slaktest on the cd.
[An earlier installation to run off the hard disk was successful.]

Thank you.
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by:t2pp
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For what it's worth, I have the second edition and the /live/usr directory is there. Maybe they forgot to include it, or they have changed the name of the directory structure. Send the publisher an email to support@mcp.com. Good luck.
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The Slaktest option is only to install the parts of the OS absolutely necessary to run Linux.  After you have that installed, run the setup program again, but change your source from /slaktest to /slakware.  That directory should have all of the required disk series.  
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by:sumone
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I emailed the publisher as t2pp suggested.  Turns out the publisher did not include the /live/usr directory on the CD because of lack of space on it.  They did offer to send me a copy offer to send me a copy of the CD that came with the second edition of the book.  That CD does have the /live/usr directory on it.  So I've asked for it.
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