Remaster/respin Mint ISO image

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Remaster/respin Mint ISO image

Postby Treborg on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:20 pm

My computer does not have a DVD nor can it boot from a USB.
I want to upgrade Mint 11 to Mint Mate 13, but Mint 13 ISO exceeds the capacity of a CD. After a bit research I found a tutorial titled "How to remaster/respin Linux Mint ISO images" ( that allows to remove packages from an ISO file in order to make smaller so that it can fit on a CD.

I then proceed as per the instructions and in the "chroot" terminal I removed the following packages using "apt-get remove":
(all the packages starting with the name)
- libreoffice
- gimp
- vlc
- samba
- mplayer2

Everything went OK and should have freed quite a bit of space, as indicated.

I then performed the rest of the procedure and to my surprise the size of the resulting ISO is 942.2 MB while the original ISO was 941.6 MB :(

Any idea what went wrong in the process?

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