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Script for creating a bootable usb Freesco pin from linux

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Script for creating a bootable usb Freesco pin from linux

Postby Peppe/Sweden » Sun Apr 10, 2011 3:40 am

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Re: Script for creating a bootable usb Freesco pin from linu

Postby Lightning » Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:11 am

Very nice to create a simple script and document the process for creating a bootable USB stick.
I mainly have one small comment. Formatting the device with "mkfs.msdos" in not necessary when you use "dd" to put the disk image on it because the "dd" command will format the device with the disk image format and overwrite anything that was previously there and it creates a 1.44Mb USB device as an exact duplicate of the floppy image.

The mkfs.msdos command would only be used if you were making the device DOS bootable and then copying the files to it manually and then using an autoexec.bat file to start FREESCO as it is done on a DOS hard drive install. Which I am not sure if or how you could add the DOS boot files to the disk from within a Linux environment. Regardless it would mainly only be done from within a DOS/Windows environment when trying to create the bootable USB device and the "dd" command is not available.
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Re: Script for creating a bootable usb Freesco pin from linu

Postby Lightning » Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:54 pm

Thinking about this further, if you did format the drive as ext2 instead of DOS you could use a boot loader like lilo on it to boot the kernel and ramdisk. Be aware that regardless of how you format the drive and make it bootable makes no difference in the system because currently with USB devices those are the only files used and the /router directory structure that is on the floppy is never used in any way. The kernel, ramdisk and to be bootable are all that is required regardless of anything else.
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Re: Script for creating a bootable usb Freesco pin from linu

Postby Peppe/Sweden » Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:44 am

Thanks for all the comments .

Anyone that takes the time to set the script up and run it is in for treat .
It really speeds up the creating of a usb pin .

I have removed all entries that mentions formating of the usb pin .


I'm guessing that there really isn't a real advantage to make a bootable usb pin with ext2 and using lilo/grub as a bootloader since there isn't really a way to make a usb pin a persistent storage device such as a harddrive / floppy drive .

If there aren't any more comments - would it be possible to put this small guide to the "how-to section" ?

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