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Feature #637

Boot Express-CD from USB

Added by MartinF about 10 years ago. Updated about 10 years ago.

Status:
New
Priority:
Normal
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Category:
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Target version:
-
Start date:
09/20/2010
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% Done:

0%


Description

Nowadays it is more comfortable to install with a usb-key instead of burning a CD. Doing so with the existing Express-CD ISO-file is quite easy with the syslinux tool "isohybrid":

http://syslinux.zytor.com/wiki/index.php/Doc/isolinux#HYBRID_CD-ROM.2FHARD_DISK_MODE

This tool makes it possible to boot the same ISO file from CD, DVD or hard drive akin devices like USB keys. Converting an existing ISO takes less than a second.
Afterwards the ISO can simply be dumped to a USB key with dd or an easy GUI like:

http://www.jolicloud.com/guides/partition-install#download-jolicloud-usb-creator
https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/

I've successfully done that with the current Amahi-5.4-Express-2.6-Beta-i386.iso and the new Fedora 13 one, both are troublefree recognized as abootable USB key by the BIOS.

PROBLEMS:
  • the path to the kickstart file (advanced.cfg) contains "cdrom://", which doesn't work for an USB key
  • the file install.img for the anaconda installer is not automatically found
  • anaconda fails because of missing another file...

So the problem are hard coded paths which are only available with a CD/DVD

History

#1 Updated by slm4996 about 10 years ago

I'll look into fixing the paths. It may be awhile but I'll get to it, sorry.

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