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Bug#505773: debian-installer: Bootable netboot image for USB stick patch

On Mon, 2008-11-17 at 13:17 +0100, Frans Pop wrote:
> On Monday 17 November 2008, Otavio Salvador wrote:
> > I'm not in the position to decide about the inclusion of that into the
> > Installation Guide but I believe it would be a problem due the
> > translation. I think we should keep two patches in a queue to be
> > commited as soon as we open svn to squeeze work.

> > Do anyone disagrees with me?
> I have a few minor, mostly practical, reservations against this.

> 2) Problem with these small USB images and the way they are written is 
> that anything already on the USB stick gets deleted and that - given that 
> most USB sticks nowadays are significantly larger in size - makes most of 
> the stick completely unusable. Same goes for hd-media.
> If someone could come up with some solution to these problems, that would 
> be great.
> One alternative option for the second issue could be to instead create a 
> tarball with everything in it, including syslinux config and a script the 
> user can run manually to make the stick bootable (with appropriate 
> warnings if required commands, possibly checking for availability of 
> alternative commands, are not available). I would expect such a script to 
> become "smarter" with time as users provide feedback.

di-netboot-assistant achieve very similar tasks for netbooting.
Since the development version in git[1] allows specifying the target
folder for extraction, the most "difficult" task might be to run
syslinux to install the bootloader ;)



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