Re: d-i support for USB target media
Geert Stappers wrote:
On Mon, Dec 06, 2004 at 08:26:58PM +0000, Geoff Soutter wrote:
I recently installed Sarge to a USB hard disk and had to jump through a
few hoops to do it ... here's the install report.
Basically, d-i doesn't currently support installing to bootable USB
devices, the appropriate USB modules are not automagically added to the
target system's initrd so the disk is never found and the boot fails.
I was wondering, is installing to a USB device something that the debian
installer is supposed to do? Or have the USB modules been deliberately
excluded for some reason?
I looked on the Wiki and web site but this problem doesn't seem to be
mentioned, so I'm not sure if it these USB modules are deliberately
disabled or if it is a simple oversight.
If it is something that d-i should support, and it's just a simple
oversight, I would consider thinking about creating a patch for it (not
that I have any idea about d-i particularly, but I can learn... ;-)
<warning for="compliment" because="could be sarcastic, but is not">
Thank you for your compliment.
The debian-installer is modular by design
and you proved that one can use the modules that are available.
Like the XML. I could have used something like that in previous
accidental flame wars ;-)
As Far As I Known covers the "hd-media" image from USB devices.
"hd-media" is different then the 'default' "netinst" image.
You find it at
( also linked at
Please try that image at your hardware.
And tell us if one can do an install with hoop jumping.
Thanks for the reply. I was beginning to think I smelt or something ;-).
I noticed the hd-media install when I was downloading.
I thought that hd-media was for installing *from* USB devices (USB
memory sticks - thats why it's limited to 128MB apparently). My problem
was with installing *to* USB devices (USB hard drive in my case).
I had no problems installing from USB CD-ROM - the installer kernel has
the requisite USB modules by default, apparently.
The problem came trying to boot the installed USB HD - the installed
kernel didn't have them. Which was slightly frustrating considering I
just installed the entire OS to it from the installer! ;-)
Am I missing something obvious here?