[sf-lug] how to make a usb stick bootable
jim at well.com
Fri Aug 14 18:26:26 PDT 2009
thanks vince. i don't have any windows machines.
i've googled this and can't find anything that
satisfies me: directions are often insufficient
(some step omitted or something, maybe just not
okay for my system); also the purpose is not to
have a bootable stick, it's to learn how to make
a bootable stick at a low level (not just use
some program that does it, but use standard,
available linux tools to
* partition the usb stick
* put an MBR on it
* put grub on it
* put the kernel and /etc/ /lib/ /usr/ and other
directories on it.
* have it boot up and work as we expect a linux
distro to work.
* whatever else i don't know to do the basics.
On Fri, 2009-08-14 at 18:14 -0700, vincent polite wrote:
> Here's a link to one site on how to do it.
> http://www.shivaranjan.com/2008/09/03/how-to-create-bootable-linux-usb-flashpen-drive-from-windows/ . If you google it, you'll find a ton of sites on how to do it.
> From: jim <jim at well.com>
> To: sf-lug <sf-lug at linuxmafia.com>
> Sent: Friday, August 14, 2009 6:00:41 PM
> Subject: [sf-lug] how to make a usb stick bootable
> we want to put linux on a usb stick. we want
> the usb stick to be bootable.
> we used fdisk to put on these partitions:
> /dev/sdb1 bootable ext3 128MB
> /dev/sdb2 ext3 4GB
> /dev/sdb5 ext2 512MB
> we've put no directory names on the partitions.
> # man grub-install
> says we can put grub on a device name and also
> use the --root-directory option to specify a
> directory in which we list grub images.
> we want to have the / namespace on /dev/sdb2
> and we want the /dev/sdb1 partition to be mounted
> on the /boot mount point (specified in the root
> directory on the /dev/sdb2 partitioned.
> we've successfully mounted the thing on /zzb1
> and /zzb2 and /zzb5 mount point directories on our
> working box.
> we've not put any files on the usb stick, we've
> not used any installer to put any linux or other
> os on the usb stick.
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