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Bug#604839: [installation-guide] Planned overhaul of chapter 4.3 "Preparing Files for USB Memory Stick Booting"

On Sat 02 Oct 2021 at 19:48:41 +0200, Holger Wansing wrote:


> - Because a long time has passed by since the last overhaul of this chapter,
>   maybe there is some more, that could be changed, for example because of
>   changed/new technology or experience?

Regarding 4.3.2. at


 > An alternative way to set up your USB stick is to manually copy
 > the installer files,...

This section has been about since the dawn of time :). It predates the
advent of isohybrid technology and could be said to have served its
purpose and be retired. An alternative would be to leave it there and
introduce it as follows:

 Prior to isohybrid technology being used for all Debian ISOs, this way
 was the method used to boot from a USB device. It has been superseded
 by the technique in Section 4.3.1 [LINK] but has been left here for
 educational and  historical purposes and in case it proves of use to a


 > ...(smaller setups are possible if you follow Section 4.3.3,...

I wonder about this. The Debian 11 netinst ISO is 480M. GRUB plus the
boot files are 33M. Would they fit on a 512M USB stick (which is not
really 512M)? Partially tested to say "no". My rule of thumb is 1G.


The link beginning


should be





The Note exercised my mind. It has nothing to do with the being able to
use this method but refers to an after effect. "major disadvantage"
refers to this after effect. An alarming term.

 > Note that, although convenient and successful, this method does have a
 > drawback affecting how the size of the USB device is seen because it
 > sets its logical size to 1 GB, even if the capacity of the USB stick is
 > larger. You will need to repartition the USB stick and create new file
 > systems to get its full capacity back if you ever want to use it for
 > some different purpose.




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