Joined: Jan. 2008
||Posted: Jan. 09 2008,20:51
|Quote (roberts @ Jan. 09 2008,15:20)|
|The book is based on DSL 3.x.|
DSL 3.x offers two types of pendrive installations, USB-ZIP and USB-HDD.
The boot floppy images described in the book are located in the DSL 3.x directory. There you will find the bootfloppy-usb.img as well as all files related to the Book and v3.x.
I didn't write the chapter on pendrives, but I did write the scripts.
Both scripts will automatically prepare the pendrive both partitioning and formating. I have never used any manual prep. One word of caution is to boot your system with the usb pendrive plugged in. Also boot DSL with the install option.
Do not boot DSL and then remove usb devices and plug in usb devices, as the usb detection system in 2.4 kernel hotplug is not perfect and the device may be mis-detected. The sure way is have it plugged in upon boot.
If you are running DSL v4.x, then things have changed. The limitation of the ZIP specificiation does not work well with the vastly larger pendrives of today. With 4.x, only a grub install is available with a small ext2 second partition for DSL and the remaining larger shareable with Windows first partition. The new script in 4.x has been tested on pendrives up to 4GB.
The bootfloppy of 4.x can be used to boot USB pendrives with a fromusb boot option. Therefore no separate boot floppy is needed for usb
I had hoped that simply following the book would have given myself and other Linux newbies a simple static frame of reference for what googling suggests is a quite a complicated process with sometimes variable results.
I appreciate that book production lead times mitigate against static data holding true for long but I thought one of the DSL objectives was to be able to overcome that by offering a basic set of tools which could be enhanced as required?
To avoid version problems my intention was (is?) to get a working USB pendrive installation from within Linux - as opposed to Windows - using the book's baseline. Thereafter I hope to explore other DSL USB installations on things like external drives etc. using the experience gained on this project.
Maybe I should simply take a more pragmatic approach and just try to get there somehow.