Setting up a repository for a network install is super simple, yet documented super poorly.
Here’s the quick and easy way to do it:
- Download the ISO images for your platform, preferably using bit torrent
- Burn disc 1
- Mount disc 1 on your local machine (in OS X you can just double click the .iso file)
- Copy * from the mounted disk to some where in your http document root (say, /var/www/html/linux)
- Repeat 3 & 4 for all the discs (if you downloaded CDs, that is)
- When you start the install, type `linux askmethod` and you will be prompted soon to use HTTP as the source location
That’s it. Why does everyone insist on making it so complicated??
NB: This will NOT be useful if you want to maintain and up to date repository tree. This is just the fastest way I know to download & install over the network without wget, rsync, or any other nonsense.