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MultiCD - Combine several CDs into one.

Introduction (Top)
multicd.sh is a shell script designed to build a multiboot CD image containing many different Linux distributions and/or utilities.
The advantages to making a CD with this script are:

The ISO images that MultiCD writes can also be written to a flash drive, although the filesystem will be read-only; see the ISOLINUX documentation for more info.

Current versions: Download (most recent revision on git)
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Downloads (Top)

The script can be downloaded from a git repository as a tarball (see the top of the page.) MultiCD is hosted both on GitHub. Contributions via GitHub pull requests are welcome.

You can also get the latest development version of multicd with git:


 $ git clone git://github.com/IsaacSchemm/MultiCD.git

Instructions (Top)
Folder with the MultiCD files
  1. Make a folder for building the image. You can give it any name; I call mine "multicd". Spaces in paths should be supported (if they aren't, it's a bug.)
  2. Download the multicd*.tar.gz archive and untar it to that folder (or download the single-file script and save it into that folder.)
  3. Copy or symlink some of the supported boot images to files in that folder.
    • In general, only distros supported by this script will work. However, you can also try using the "generic" plugin (see below.)
    • Floppy and hard drive images are supported - any image with a .img or .imz extension will be picked up.
    • For some distribuitons, you can use the original file name of the ISO, and MultiCD will create a symlink automatically. For others, you will have to rename the ISO to the name listed below.
    • Don't put a file inside the multicd folder and then make a symlink to it in that same folder, or multicd might delete the symlink!
  4. Install mkisofs or genisoimage.
    If your distribution comes with CD/DVD burning software, you probably have it already.
  5. Open a terminal, go to the multicd folder (made in step 1) and type:
    
     user@pc$ chmod +x multicd*.sh
     user@pc$ ./multicd*.sh
    
    
    The script will detect which images are present and make a CD for you.
    They will appear on the menu of the final CD in the order they are listed.
    (Note: if the final size is over 700 MB, you will have to use a DVD.)
Arguments (Top)

 -c            : include an MD5 checksum file (md5sum.txt)
 -d            : drop to a shell prompt before building the ISO (debug)
 -m            : don't include Memtest86+
 -i            : offer options like ISOLINUX menu color or copying only certain Slax modules
                 (requires dialog)
 -o [filename] : lets you use another filename for the output instead of multicd.iso
 -t            : run the ISO in QEMU after it is built
 -v            : be more verbose
 -V            : print out the version number
 -w            : put a "press enter to continue" before exiting
 clean         : don't run the multicd.sh script at all - instead, get rid of the symlinks
                 and temporary version files that it makes automatically

"generic" plugin (Top)

MultiCD has two methods for copying the contents of a boot CD to the new image.

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License (Top)

MultiCD comes with NO WARRANTY and is provided under the MIT License.

Copyright (c) 2014 Isaac Schemm

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person
obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation
files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without
restriction, including without limitation the rights to use,
copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the
Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following
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The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be
included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

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EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES
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NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT
HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY,
WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING
FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR
OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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