Installing drivers on USB sticks

Brian Murray brian at
Tue Jan 4 22:08:28 UTC 2011

I've recently discovered hundreds of bug reports regarding people trying
to install drivers (bcmwl, fglrx, nvidia) on their Live USB version of
Ubuntu and it failing[1].  Part of the large volume is due to the fact
that the bug reports are automatically reported by apport as package
installation failures.  When looking at these bug reports I had a couple
of questions.

Is installing drivers on a Live USB version of Ubuntu something that is

It seems to me that there are a lot of people who think it should be and
I believe it would a useful way for people to test the development
release of Ubuntu and the latest drivers.  If it isn't though we should
stop the automatic reporting of this classification of bug reports[2].

There are also some bug reports[3] that have empty
DpkgTerminalLog.txt[4] attachments.

How did this happen and can it be fixed?

Can these be marked as duplicates of bug 557023? (Provided they are on
live media and about installing drivers of course.)

[2] I've written bug patterns for a couple of packages for this

Brian Murray
Ubuntu Bug Master
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