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USB system with modified kernel and minimal software

On Fri, Sep 14, 2007 at 09:18:02AM -0600, Rene Sonderegger wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> I'm new to DebianLive. I've been trying to use it for the last couple days, 
> but I'm hardly getting anywhere. I would appreciate some help.
> Here is what I'm trying to do:
> 1. Put a modified kernel with a minimal system on a USB drive.

> 2. Add two executable programs into /usr/local/bin.
> 3. Add a service script to start the two programs after the system booted.
chroot_local-includes should handle these.

> Here is what I'm working with:
> Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r1
> Kernel pached with RTAI 3.5-cv
> Live-helper 1.0~a21-1
Why not the latest?

> Syslinux 1:3.51-1~e
> Some of the main problems that I've run into are:
> 1. After lh_config, change from iso to usp-hdd in config/chroot, lh_build 
> and dd if=binary.img of=/dev/sda, "Unknown keyword in syslinux.cfg." shows 
> up 4 times and when I press enter to boot it reports "Could not find kernel 
> image: /vmlinuz".
I see this too

> 2. When I try mount -o loop,offset=512 binary.img /mnt, it reports "mount: 
> you must specify the filesystem type".
Works for me; do you get something like:

$ file ./binary.img 
./binary.img: x86 boot sector; partition 1: ID=0x6, active, starthead 0, startsector 1, 511999 sectors

> 4. To reproduce my steps, I use scripts for most of my work. It would be 
> nice to enter something like lh_config -b usb-hdd -p minimal but it just 
> reports "lh_config: invalid option - b".
I'm going to guess that this goes away if you upgrade.


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