I believe I need to issue a huge apology to the community--
Back in April, I wrote a note for the install guide, in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=53&t=415&start=30#p2638
That note was in regards to an issue where automounting USB devices in other linux distros causes FAT and NTFS flash drives to be mounted with all files marked as unexecutable.
That note DID_NOT make it into the final draft of the installation guide, and I believe this was an oversight on my part. This has likely caused many potential new users to fail at installing Porteus. As an example, see this review from DarkDuck: http://linuxblog.darkduck.com/2011/07/porteus-10.html You can see my comments on that post.
I would like to update the install guide on the web and issue a patch for V1.1, so I'd like help from the community in making sure this issue is solved and the information presented is clear. Here is my note, which will go in section 3 of the install guide's instructions for installing Porteus from within Linux:
First -- would it be necessary to unmount the flash drive if it was already automounted by udisks (I believe this would be the case) prior to mounting manually as root?3) Open a console and change directories to the boot folder that you just copied into the flash drive, e.g.
Execute the lin_start_here.sh script:
*NOTE* If you are not running as root already, you must use the su or sudo command and enter your root password before starting this script, or it will not be able to configure your device properly.
*NOTE* Some modern linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, etc, use 'udisk' to automount usb drives from within KDE/Gnome/LXDE, etc. In versions higher than 1.0.2, udisk will not automount these drives with executable permissions (attempting to run the script will result in an error stating that permissions have been denied), and you must mount your device manually as root in order to execute the script. For example:
mount /dev/sdXY /tmp/media
(where sdXY is the device and partition to which you are installing Porteus)
This script will bring up a menu.
Second -- is /tmp/media a good place to do this, or would /mnt/sdXY/ be a better place for this, as it would match up better with the rest of the install doc?
Thanks, all, for your help. I'm very sorry for messing this up!
If you ran into this issue while installing Porteus, please speak up here on this thread to let us know.