Google search gave me some results but somewhere I read that recent updates are done from inside windows installation and not with a floppy.
However I speculate that the USB driver does not do this truncation when reading, since a USB stick (as far as I know) has no limitations on the file name length.
Peter said: So does that mean that the "alternate" CD (the install CD from the cdimage site, right? In order to do what you are trying to do you would need the "alternate" 6.06 CD , which is the equivalent of the "old" Install CD.
I guess I will go back to college and download a copy of the CD I need, and maybe give away the Shipit Arjun The problem here is that unlike previous releases, the shipit CD now lacks the full complement of packages on the disc.
On the other hand, many of the package names in Ubuntu LTS server (which is what I use) have more characters than that in the filename. I believe that most ISO Linux images use64-char (max) filenames when they are created, in the belief that they will be writtento a CD-ROM.
Perhaps when a *real* CD-ROM file system is given a file name that is too long, the CD-ROM driver truncates that long name to a 64-char name.