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I am about to install Linux (Mint) on a first-generation Eee PC. The device is fully sufficient hardware-wise (as I verified using the "Live" environment), except for one thing: The internal storage (~4GB) is not big enough for a full-blown installation.

That shouldn't matter that much - it wouldn't be the first network-booting system in my home network that relies on my NAS storage for its root filesystem (the first being a Raspberry Pi happily doing its chores).

However, with the Raspberry things were different - I had a fully functional installation, which I merely copied over to the NAS, tweaked the bootloader, and there you are.

With the Eee PC, things are differerent. As far as I can see, I would need to install to the NAS mount point, right from the start. However, the installer dialog only shows me /dev/sda partitions to chose from, not mount points.

Trying to search the web, I found lots of advice installing from NFS, but none for installing to NFS. Anyone having an idea?

(Like, wrapping the NFS mount in some way so the installer "sees" it as a block device? Something like that? Or something completely different?)

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Have you considered temporarily putting in a bigger HDD? – cutrightjm Dec 14 '12 at 19:43
@ekaj: So painfully obvious that I stared at my monitor for a minute trying to figure out why I had been so blind. Especially since I have an empty USB drive sitting right next to me on the desk... turn that into an answer and you get the checkmark. – DevSolar Dec 15 '12 at 9:31
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Personally I would put a bigger HDD into the computer and install the OS on that - then follow the same method that you did to get the Raspberry Pi to work correctly.

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As I said above, pretty much obvious once I got my mind out of the tight little corner of being hell-bent on using the NFS mount directly. Thanks. – DevSolar Dec 17 '12 at 7:27
  1. install distro that you want in virtual environment
  2. mount NFS to virtual installed linux
  3. copy over everything except /boot
  4. start eeePC with live distro (same arch x64 or x86)
  5. copy /boot from virtual machine to eeePC
  6. mount NFS as /
  7. cd /
  8. chroot .
  9. grub-install
  10. fix grup config, be sure that you can mount NFS during boot (kernel modul is in place)
  11. profit
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