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Re: [opensuse-factory] USB installation instrucctions issues.
isnt there some project guys who are methinks with these pendrivelinux
website or stuff who offer their tiny installer/handler for a great
number of distros, amongst them also suse methinks but i know for sure
for example linux based tails (tor) distro. that pendrivelinux
installer stack extracts the files from inside the tails .iso file
(with 7zip commandline) and then puts it on a
fat(fat12/16/32/whatever) usb disk or usb stick or usb key even and
then adds some isolinux binary and config files and folders and some
bootloader and bootsector onto this fat usb device and then all is
running happily and tails tor distro can boot up and you can for
example bootstrap into tor or upgrade some other tails usb stick with
the more recent release.

isolinux hybridlinux and other buzzwords come to my mind.

On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 11:53 PM, Bernhard Voelker
<mail@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 11/18/2013 11:43 PM, Carlos E. R. wrote:
On 2013-11-18 23:27, Bernhard Voelker wrote:
IIRC that was the "short read" issue, right?

No, not that one. The starting point was some new user asking for help
on the forums about how to create the usb stick, using another Linux
distro (thus, no Bugzillas here). The dd command failed, writeimage
also failed, unet??? also failed. Googling or asking elsewhere, it was
advised to use a plain "cp" or "cat" to create the image, and this
finally worked. Some other people corroborated that it worked.

Then I started a thread on the mail list asking how was it possible
that "cp" worked. It was a long thread, which concluded, IIRC, that
"cp" was also a valid command to use in order to create the image. We
talked about adding this new information to the wiki, and I finally
added it, and Rajko validated it. Some other incorrect advice was removed.

Thanks for the summary.
However, I cannot imagine a case for copying the content of a single file
(or device) with "cp" which would not work with "dd" (plus the correct
options).
Would you like to shed some light on this (and dig in the archives),
or should we draw the curtain over this case?

Have a nice day,
Berny
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