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Capturing Screen Shots of a SUSE Linux Installation

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By Joe Harmon

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Posted: 1 Oct 2004

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. This statement is no less true when writing documentation or showing presentations. However to get a screen shot of an installation is often difficult. A method used in the past was to use VMWare to capture the screen during the install. This method was no longer valid when SUSE Linux Professional 9.1 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.0 came out, since they can only be installed using text mode. Here is how you capture screen shots of an installation and copy them (during the install) to another linux workstation.

Items needed:

Two workstations, one for the installation and another to receive the screen shots. This can also be done with one workstation if a device can be mounted, allowing you to save the pictures to that device.

Start up the installation on one of the workstations and have the other workstation up and running so that it is ready to receive the screens shots. On each screen that you want to capture, simply hit the PRINT SCREEN button. You will be prompted to save the screen shot. It really doesn't matter where you put the screen shot so long as you understand that after the file copy is finished your workstation will reboot and you will lose those screen shots.

Before your workstation reboots you will need to press CNTL ALT F2. You will be at a console prompt. Here you can do a secure copy using the scp command so long as you have a network connection already setup. Otherwise you will have to mount some device in order to copy the images.

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