Followed the Save.dat Manager tutorial and It's Still Not Working?

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Post#1 by SemiCompetent » 14 Apr 2019, 00:45

Hello everyone,

I'm new to the world of Linux and booting off USB drives. As you can tell by my name, I am Semi-Competent in computers.

When I booted for the first time, I saw the following message, which I assumed wasn't that big of a deal:

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A Windows filesystem (FAT, NTFS) or other non-posix compatible filesystem has been detected on your changes location.
Your changes cannot be saved directly to the specified storage media with this setup. Please use the Porteus save file manager application to create a .dat container and use it for saving your changes after your next reboot.
I didn't bother to make the save file, as I was just getting used to the distro. Now, after creating a save file, confirming that the porteus.cfg file was changed, and rebooting to test, I still get the same message as shown above. Am I missing something? Did I do something wrong? Is there something I need to do on bootup?

Thanks.

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Post#2 by Ed_P » 14 Apr 2019, 03:26

Hello SemiCompetent. Welcome to Porteus.

If the save.dat isn't working you've done something wrong. :D Not a big deal, been there, done that. :happy62: So, where did you put the porteussave.dat file and what does your change to the porteus.cfg file look like?
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Post#3 by ncmprhnsbl » 14 Apr 2019, 04:55

and what is the filesystem of the USB: FAT or NTFS?
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Post#4 by SemiCompetent » 14 Apr 2019, 16:32

Ed_P wrote:
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Thanks for the warm welcome. I appreciate it! The saved my .dat file under:

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/mnt/sdb/porteus/porteussave.dat
My .cfg file looks like this:

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### This is the porteus config file.
### You may put cheatcodes here one per line.
### Cheatcodes must start at the beginning of the line (no space before).
### Any line with the "#" character at the start is ignored.
###
### For a list of cheatcodes check /usr/doc/porteus/cheatcodes.txt

### EXAMPLES

## This tells porteus whence to boot
# from=/mnt/sda2/porteus

## This tells porteus to boot into text mode
# 3

## Tell porteus to delay boot for 5 seconds
# delay=5

## Tell porteus where the changes folder is
# changes=/mnt/sda2/changes

## This tells porteus which timezone settings you prefer
# timezone=America/Sao_Paulo

## Set keybord to Brazilian Portuguese
# kmap=br

changes=/mnt/sdb/porteus/porteussave.dat
ncmprhnsbl wrote:
14 Apr 2019, 04:55
and what is the filesystem of the USB: FAT or NTFS?
I formatted the drive in FAT32.

Thanks for the help guys!
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Post#5 by donald » 14 Apr 2019, 17:16

changes=/mnt/sdb/porteus/porteussave.dat
ok,but which partition? -- sdb1 = first partition etc.

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Post#6 by SemiCompetent » 14 Apr 2019, 22:51

donald wrote:
14 Apr 2019, 17:16
changes=/mnt/sdb/porteus/porteussave.dat
ok,but which partition? -- sdb1 = first partition etc.
I haven't made any partitions to my drive. Just to make sure though, I added a 1 in front of sdb but it still didn't work. :wall:

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Post#7 by Ed_P » 14 Apr 2019, 23:28

donald wrote:
14 Apr 2019, 17:16
sdb1 = first partition etc.
SemiCompetent wrote:
14 Apr 2019, 22:51
I added a 1 in front of sdb but it still didn't work.
Really!! :o Try changing to sdb1.

Better still, use the drive's UUID code. This is what I use:

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APPEND changes=EXIT:UUID:8486-DDC5/changes/porteussave.dat
Note, I use the EXIT option which only writes changes to the USB when shutting down Porteus. Less wear on the USB drive and faster processing IMO.
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Post#8 by ncmprhnsbl » 15 Apr 2019, 00:06

i wonder.. is this a case of conflict between boot/syslinux/porteus.cfg APPEND line and porteus/porteus-v4.0-x86_64.cfg
because the default boot/syslinux/porteus.cfg APPEND line says: changes=/porteus
i would think that bit needs to be removed if you're using porteus-v4.0-x86_64.cfg ..
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Post#9 by francois » 15 Apr 2019, 00:18

UUID is the way to go as in as an example:

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LABEL GRAPHICAL with UUID
MENU LABEL Graphics mode
KERNEL /boot/syslinux/vmlinuz
INITRD /boot/syslinux/intel-ucode.cpio,/boot/syslinux/initrd.xz
APPEND from=UUID:34103e53-f26a-4d02-8a9a-c6cb0915ab53/64bit_v31 load=/porteus/base/xfce4 extramod=/mnt/sdc2/64bit_v31/xfce/ changes=UUID:34103e53-f26a-4d02-8a9a-c6cb0915ab53/64bit_v31/xfce login=root
Please provide outputs for:
blkid
boot/syslinux/porteus.cfg
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Post#10 by SemiCompetent » 15 Apr 2019, 00:41

ncmprhnsbl wrote:
15 Apr 2019, 00:06
i wonder.. is this a case of conflict between boot/syslinux/porteus.cfg APPEND line and porteus/porteus-v4.0-x86_64.cfg
because the default boot/syslinux/porteus.cfg APPEND line says: changes=/porteus
i would think that bit needs to be removed if you using porteus-v4.0-x86_64.cfg ..
This was the fix! Thank you! And thank you to everyone else, too! :Bravo:

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Post#11 by Ed_P » 15 Apr 2019, 01:03

SemiCompetent wrote:
15 Apr 2019, 00:41
This was the fix! Thank you! And thank you to everyone else, too! :Bravo:
:%) Hopefully you mean you put your change in the /boot/syslinux/porteus.cfg file. Some have experienced problems accessing the porteus-v4.0-x86_64.cfg file on some machines.

And does your change use sdb1? :D
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Post#12 by SemiCompetent » 15 Apr 2019, 01:16

Ed_P wrote:
15 Apr 2019, 01:03
And does your change use sdb1? :D
Oddly enough, it doesn't. I just removed the APPEND line in the /boot/syslinux.porteus.cfg file, and everything started working fine! :thumbsup:

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Post#13 by Ed_P » 15 Apr 2019, 03:38

I'm confused. So where did you specify the location of the porteussave.dat file and with what parms??
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Post#14 by ncmprhnsbl » 15 Apr 2019, 05:45

Ed_P wrote:
15 Apr 2019, 03:38
I'm confused. So where did you specify the location of the porteussave.dat file and with what parms??
they're using <USB>/porteus/porteus-v4.0-x86_64.cfg
with, apparently: changes=/mnt/sdb/porteus/porteussave.dat
if i understand correctly
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Post#15 by Ed_P » 15 Apr 2019, 15:20

Better to change just one file, /boot/syslinux/porteus.cfg, rather than have to change two. :happy62:
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