The floppy distributions of FreeDOS being admittedly incomplete, the CD ones inapplicable in my case in hand, and installing from hard disc just what I want, some time ago I developed a procedure for installing FreeDOS 9.1: (1) put the contents of B9BASE01 and B9BASE02 on a hard disc; (2) clean boot from B9BOOT01; (3) TEXTINST.EXE; (4) POSTINST.BAT; (5) SYS A: C: /BOOTONLY. This procedure does not seem to work with 9.2: I do not even find TEXTINST there. Trying the TEXTINST of 9.1 on the 9.2 BASE fails, as it probably should: eg, the 9.2 BASE does not contain COMMANDX.ZIP which is part of the 9.1 BASE. So I made a list of 9.1 and 9.2 BASE differences, laced the 9.2 ZIP-LSM directory with the 9.1 versions of the "missing" files (intending to use 9.2 ODIN for subsequent modernisation), and again tried the 9.1 TEXTINST on, mostly, the 9.2 distribution files. It did not work. Indeed, TEXTINST ignored my suggestion about where to install from and asked for a floppy. My questions: (i) Could you suggest a 9.2 installation procedure that does not involve CDs or images thereof? (ii) If not, wouldn't a TEXTINST update be significantly easier than mending the 9.2 floppy distribution which seems to be on Bernd's to do list, but with a low priority? And a tentative suggestion: couldn't the choices in various BATs be made without default automatic starting? However stupid one's choice, at least one knows what it has been and can in time learn from the consequences.
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