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Re: d-i Manual: Installer and firmware on one USB stick

On Wed 17 Oct 2012 at 00:50:27 +0200, Samuel Thibault wrote:

> > > Brian Potkin, le Mon 15 Oct 2012 19:55:06 +0100, a écrit :
> > 
> > Ok. How about adding the information to section 4.3.1, then?
> Sure, please rephrase to make your changes work in 4.3.1. Maybe it could
> be worth be inlined in the text instead of just a footnote.

Thank you for the advice.

A choice: two patches. One to alter the footnote, the other to put the
text inline.

The second one makes the footnote redundant, But, stylistically, I've
never been fond of largish footnotes. It also does not seem to detract
from a user focussing on the Important note.


--- manual/en/install-methods/boot-usb-files.xml	2012-10-15 17:12:34.000000000 +0100
+++ manual/en/install-methods/boot-usb-files-new-2.xml	2012-10-17 12:14:08.000000000 +0100
@@ -63,6 +63,13 @@
+This technique can also be employed when an isohybrid image other than
+the <filename>mini.iso</filename> is written to a USB stick, with the
+difference that you first have to create a FAT partition from some of
+the unused space on the stick before copying the firmware files to it.
+This could be useful if you have only one stick or just want to keep
+everything you need on one device. 
--- manual/en/install-methods/boot-usb-files.xml	2012-10-15 17:12:34.000000000 +0100
+++ manual/en/install-methods/boot-usb-files-new-3.xml	2012-10-17 17:52:06.000000000 +0100
@@ -41,29 +41,6 @@
 for very small USB sticks, only a few megabytes in size, you can download
 the <filename>mini.iso</filename> image from the <filename>netboot</filename>
 directory (at the location mentioned in <xref linkend="where-files"/>).
-<para arch="not-s390">
-A special method can be used to add firmware to the
-<filename>mini.iso</filename>. First, write the
-<filename>mini.iso</filename> to the USB stick.
-Next obtain the necessary firmware files.
-See <xref linkend="loading-firmware"/> for more information about firmware.
-Now unplug and replug the USB stick, and two partitions should now be visible on it.
-You should mount the second of the two partitions, and unpack the firmware onto it.
-# mount /dev/<replaceable>sdX2</replaceable> /mnt
-# cd /mnt
-# tar zxvf <replaceable>/path/to/</replaceable>firmware.tar.gz
-# cd /
-# umount
@@ -85,6 +62,38 @@
+The hybrid image on the stick does not occupy all the storage space, so
+it may be worth considering using the free space to hold firmware files
+or packages or any other files of your choice. This could be useful if
+you have only one stick or just want to keep everything you need on one
+Create a second, FAT partition on the stick, mount the partition
+and copy or unpack the firmware onto it. For example:
+# mount /dev/<replaceable>sdX2</replaceable> /mnt
+# cd /mnt
+# tar zxvf <replaceable>/path/to/</replaceable>firmware.tar.gz
+# cd /
+# umount
+</para><para arch="not-s390">
+You might have written the <filename>mini.iso</filename> to the USB
+stick. In this case the second partition doesn't have to be created as,
+very nicely, it will already be present. Unplugging and replugging the
+USB stick should make the two partitions visible.
   <sect2 id="usb-copy-easy">

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