Hi Larry,

> That information would have been great to find on the Freedos.org site.

As said, it is unfortunately a bit confusing... But if you can
make it a bit easier to read, it would be fine to put it on our
homepage :-) This includes the hints about dosemu below, but you
will have to try them first to check if they actually work :-).

> Not being that familiar with you're packaging

The packaging is very straightforward: If you unzip
the "somethx.zip" in the c:/fdos directory, then you
get the someth (-ing) tool installed, and if you do
the same with "someths.zip" then you get the source
code for the tool installed. The zips CAN also contain
extra files such as batch scripts run at install /
update / uninstall or text files describing package
dependencies, but those are often so simple that you
can ignore them and just unzip the files :-).

See also:

> In fact, I was following a limited suggestion from the Freedos.org site,
> which only mentioned that one has to get past the formatting issue, but
> didn't say how.

That was about virtual machines I believe? As far as I
remember, you have to keep the (possibly virtual) boot
CDROM in the drive until DOS is installed. How you do
that depends on your virtual machine brand...

For dosemu, you can say in your ~/.dosemurc something as:
$_cdrom = "/dev/cdrom"
$_cdrom = "some.iso"
... but I do not know how to BOOT from cdrom there.

You can add a virtual diskette by saying:
$_vbootfloppy = "diskimage.bin +hd"
$_floppy_a ="threeinch"

You can boot from that diskette by saying:
xdosemu -A
... as opposed to xdosemu -C which boots from C:

You can add harddisks by saying:
$_hdimage = "freedos fatimage.bin"
...which makes the freedos/ directory the C: drive
and uses a diskimage (dosemu comes with tools to
make them, special format?) as the second harddisk
which contains the partition for the D: drive :-).

All filenames referenced by .dosemurc are treated as
"file in /etc/dosemu/ or /usr/lib/dosemu/ or ~/dosemu/"
and I believe all 3 locations are checked when you run it.

FreeDOS 1.0 comes with a special boot diskette image
that can open the cdrom and then continue to install
from there. If (quite possible) it cannot find the
dosemu cdrom drive, simply put the ISO file at the
DOS place c:/fdbootcd.iso then the boot diskette will
use it - even if you have no cdrom drive at all :-).


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