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 allows specifying the target
folder for extraction, the most "difficult" task might be to run
syslinux to install the bootloader ;)