[Inx] Make working install of command line 8.04 into INX

Peter Garrett inx-one at optusnet.com.au
Tue May 26 02:41:04 PDT 2009

On Tue, 26 May 2009 09:15:19 +0930
Karl Goetz <karl at kgoetz.id.au> wrote:

> I believe the 'inx' package in bimberi's ppa is the scripts.

It is, but it's a very incomplete package so far... and it won't "work"
as it is currently, for various structural and functional reasons.

This is not Bimberi's fault, by the way :)

To make a workable INX package, a lot of files would still need to be
shuffled around, and various config tweaks would need to be completed.

As I haven't been hacking on INX recently, this is still very much on
the "ToDo" list.

Essentially what is required is to copy the scripts in /usr/local/*
across, since I initially put all INX scripts there. Unfortunately that
is not all, though. For example, there are tweaks needed to permissions
on devices, and an appropriate vga= value needs to be added to
the /boot/grub/menu.lst for the frame buffer to function correctly.
There are several other tweaks as well, but really this approach is
backwards because...

In general, if you want to install INX, and you are prepared to have it
as the only OS on your drive, it is *much* easier to run the
"inxtaller" script from the booted live CD, then, if desired install
ubuntu-desktop from the resulting hard disc install (this only if you
want to have X of course). Note that essentially INX is already
"ubuntu-minimal" plus "ubuntu-standard", so you get a CLI Ubuntu install
with all the apps and scripts after running "sudo inxtaller", which
blats the read-only file system directly from the live CD to the
drive, the installs grub on the MBR. (See the Advanced introductory docs
linked from the "first-menu" that appears after boot).

The inxtaller does work, and is on the disc. It just doesn't have a
partitioner as such, so you need a (single) blank hard drive.

It is probably possible to use the inxtaller from a booted USB version
as well, although I have not personally tested this here. I can't
think of any reason why this would not work. If you don't have a CD
drive this might be an option to try. You can easily create a USB
bootable INX using the Unetbootin utility from


"INX Is Not X" Live CD based on Ubuntu 8.04 : http://inx.maincontent.net
Screenshots slideshow: http://inx.maincontent.net/album/1.png.html
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