Cannot install Porteus to USB Flash from Debian

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Cannot install Porteus to USB Flash from Debian

Post#1 by dhinds » 26 Sep 2013, 14:41

I formatted an 8 Gb USB Flash Drive to btrfs and copied the Boot and Porteus Directories to it but the Porteus-installer-for-Linux.com file does not run from Debian (LMDE) using Nemo File Roller as root.

The Puppy Slacko 5.5 iso installed fine with unetbootin formatted to ext4 and was made persistent but no 64 bit version is available and I assume that my problem w/ running Porteus-installer-for-Linux.com can be solved.

Any suggestions provided will be appreciated. TIA

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Re: Cannot install Porteus to USB Flash from Debian

Post#2 by donald » 26 Sep 2013, 18:01

Hi dhinds
welcome to Porteus
The recommended Install-method is to burn a Porteus-live-cd, boot the cd and
install then to your usb
Using a Live-CD first, has the advantage to see if your Hardware will work without problems.

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Re: Cannot install Porteus to USB Flash from Debian

Post#3 by fanthom » 26 Sep 2013, 20:48

hello dhinds,

btrfs may be the culprit. please reformat your stick with ext4 and try installation again.
Please add [Solved] to your thread title if the solution was found.

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Re: Cannot install Porteus to USB Flash from Debian

Post#4 by dhinds » 26 Sep 2013, 21:09

donald wrote:Hi dhinds
welcome to Porteus.
Thanks (but I'm not quite there yet). Getting these helpful responses is also important, however.
donald wrote:The recommended Install-method is to burn a Porteus-live-cd, boot the cd and install then to your usb
Using a Live-CD first, has the advantage to see if your Hardware will work without problems.
I had come to that conclusion and your comment confirms that this should be the next step. So I'll give it a try and report on the results.
fanthom wrote:hello dhinds,
btrfs may be the culprit. please reformat your stick with ext4 and try installation again.
I tried that (in fact Unetbootin wouldn't burn to a btrfs partitioned pendrive) but the problem seems to be related to Debian. Last night an error message to that effect occurred whenever I tried to run the *.com file (that it could not be installed on a Debian System - even within the pendrive). Thanks for the response, though.

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Re: Cannot install Porteus to USB Flash from Debian

Post#5 by dhinds » 27 Sep 2013, 01:18

This is from Proteus MATE 64 bit running in RAM on the target computer. The Proteus iso burned to a CD booted fine and I was able to install it to a 16 Gb USB 2 flash drive formatted to ext 3, which booted also BUT I have no panel or menus and was able to open Firefox from a terminal to write this.

Any idea re what went wrong and how to fix it?

TIA

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Re: Cannot install Porteus to USB Flash from Debian

Post#6 by dhinds » 27 Sep 2013, 02:04

So I did a hard reboot and let Porteus run from the USB flash drive this time, rather than load the files to RAM, which restored the panels and menus. Now I have to be sure that the installation is persistent, so that my configurations and additions aren't transitory.

What does that entail?

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Re: Cannot install Porteus to USB Flash from Debian

Post#7 by francois » 27 Sep 2013, 12:45

i imagine that you want to keep changes from session to session. To do that you will have to use one of the porteus cheatcodes, that is changes. You have to put an additional entry in the /boot/syslinux/porteus.conf, as in:

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LABEL KEEP CHANGES
MENU LABEL 64-bit KDE, KEEP CHANGES
KERNEL boot/syslinux/vmlinuz
APPEND initrd=/boot/syslinux/initrd.xz changes=EXIT:/32bit_v21/porteus
Have a look at cheatcodes in the faq section, they offer a lot of possibilities. :)
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Re: Cannot install Porteus to USB Flash from Debian

Post#8 by donald » 28 Sep 2013, 07:31

Hi dhinds
I just read your post on mini-chat.
You said you have porteus on an ext3 partition, so you should have persistence by default.
To verify, look into the porteus-folder on your usb-drive.If there is a changes folder,
(with some other folders in), persistence is switched on.

(verify-2 , take a look at the /boot/syslinux/porteus.cfg file.In the first APPEND Line
you should see changes=/porteus

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