The anwser you are looking for (where the files from /ramdisk are stored on permanent storage media (eg. your USB stick) like on a traditional OS installation) is what is called in DSL a "HDD Install" onto a USB Memory Stick
Exactly this is what I'm trying to accomplish.
As I said before, I haven't done this before, but "USB-HDD Pendrive Install" in the DSL menu may do what you want
No, it is Installing to the Hard Disk - DSL Wiki (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/installing_to_the_hard_disk.html) and the command is dsl-hdinstall
I tried it without succes.
I followed the manual step by step and when I was ready with my partitioning, I started "dsl-hdinstall" with ext2 (saying 'no' to ext3) and without multiboot... (see the screenshots)
I was confused with the bootloader because that is new to me, and I chose LILO.
!! However, it is just a 'j' appearing at the top left corner on the screen followed by a blinking cursor , ignoring user input completely.
If you cannot get a HDD Install to work on USB, remaining options are using a swap partition on the USB stick so that you won't run out of RAM, and setting up the DSL backup and restore systems for persistence.
I am afraid this is too slow - every single DSL boot is very long, I think because it detects all the hardware - that would be skipped when installed properly on HDD ,USB´.
Otherwise you could do a HDD Install to the CF card that would almost certainly work if you used one large enough (and is still able to be used in other machines if you take it out of the case).
Yes, I got a CF card reader but I think USB is still more comfortable and I know it has to be possible.
Now as for your web cam, [...]
I found this shall be the matching one: spca5xx-v4l1goodbye.tar.gz
because it says 'for kernel below 2.6.11'
By the way, I came across this
what is exactly my interest:
Installing Arch Linux on a USB key
In contrast to having a LiveUSB [...], the result will be a persistent installation identical to normal installation to HDD, but on a USB flash drive.
- cfdisk settings on my usb stick, of course I selected 'write' at the end and waited for partition table to be wrote.
- dsl-hdinstall, page 1/2
- dsl-hdinstall, page 2/2