How to install lubuntu to USB

Aere Greenway Aere at
Tue Feb 4 18:46:12 UTC 2014


Thank you very much for this detailed information.  It is very 
preferable to my "trial-and-error" methodology on bootable USB drives 
I've used up to now.

Your e-mail has been put in my "Info-Gems" folder, to be used the next 
time I need to create a bootable USB (probably after the 14.04 release).

- Aere

On 02/04/2014 04:20 AM, Leszek Lesner wrote:
> As I am also the main dev of Neptune and we claim ourselves to be live
> and persistency experts here a short explaination for you.
> First of all you have two choices to make.
> 1. I want a FAT32 partitioned USB Stick that not only contains my live
> system but also is usable as normal usb stick on every computer around
> (especially windows and mac pcs)
> 2. I want a linux live only usb stick without the necessity of a FAT32
> partition.
> For making it short I only explain 1. here
> For 1: I would recommend to use unetbootin to get the ISO onto an usb
> stick.
> In Details what unetbootin does is:
>      * Copy over the contents of the ISO onto the usb stick (including
> hidden folders like .disk which is necessary for ubiquity in particular
> for the installation process)
>      * Install syslinux bootloader to boot. (This step includes
> converting/copying the isolinux bootmenu file to syslinux format)
> To make that stick now persistent you have two options.
> A. I want a persistency file on my fat32 part of the usb stick so that I
> can also delete/copy or make a backup of it and share it with my friends
> directly from the usb stick and can live with the filesize limit of
> FAT32 which is 4 GB.
> B. I want a large persistency partition and don't care about easily
> copying ot deleting it.
> For A: dd is your friend and you can create a empty disk image like this
> dd if=/dev/zero of=test.img bs=1M count=1000
> This creates a 1 GB test.img file.
> For it to work as persistent file it needs to be formatted as something
> that the linux system can read (e.g. ext2/3/4/jfs/xfs/btrfs ...)
> I recommend ext2 here or if you are fancy ext4 without journaling
> (journaling makes no sense on flash based devices like an usb stick)
> mkfs.ext2 test.img
> This is basically all. You need to rename the file to
> casper-rw
> and copy it over to the root of the usb stick.
> Then adding the boot option
> persistent
> (either manually by pressing TAB in the bootmenu of syslinux or directly
> in the syslinux.cfg) the *buntu system should then boot up with
> persistency enabled.
> For B: You need to make space for the persistency partition on the usb
> stick. Gparted is your friend here.
> When creating the ext2/3/4/jfs/xfs/btrfs partition for your persistency
> make sure to label the partition as
> casper-rw
> Then again after adding the boot option
> persistent
> the *buntu live system should boot up with persistency enabled.


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