[DC LoCo] OS on thumb drive question

Ted Smith teddks at gmail.com
Sat Nov 14 17:49:33 GMT 2009


I have Jaunty installed to a 4GB USB drive. Like Luke says, grub uses
the UUIDs. It works fine on any computer capable of booting from USB,
though it can be slow.

Let me know if you want to see it in action at whatever event you see me
next at; I have it with me at all times.

On Sat, 2009-11-14 at 10:30 -0500, Jeff Elkner wrote:
> You can certainly tell your BIOS to boot from the USB device.  But
> then think about what it does:  it goes to the boot sector of that USB
> device and loads GRUB - which needs to know ahead of time what device
> it is, but doesn't in this case, since the same USB stick can be have
> different device numbers on the same machine depending on what other
> USB devices are present (did you plug in a mouse this time?  or a
> printer?).
> 
> I've spent a non-trivial amount of time looking into this, and
> concluded that no good solution to the problem exists.  I'd *love* to
> be proven wrong, however, so please have at your own investigation.
> 
> jeff
> 
> On Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 10:20 AM, Mackenzie Morgan <macoafi at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 10:17 AM, Jeff Elkner <jeff at elkner.net> wrote:
> >> Indeed, but unless you know in advance what the device will be (which
> >> you don't), grub can not be configured properly.
> >
> > Shouldn't you be able to choose to boot from USB? I've done it with
> > USB hard drives...
> >
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