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Re: Copying complete SET of installation DVDs to a USB stick

On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 09:01:05AM -0500, Richard Owlett wrote:
> I will be installing Debian at locations which DO NOT have internet.
> Instead of juggling a stack of DVDs, I want everything on a USB stick.
> I am using Debian 6.0.5 as test case - it's what I have available.
> There was no problem copying the first DVD to the beginning of the USB stick
> with dd.
> I did a preliminary test by booting to the USB stick and the install program
> apparently worked OK.
> I rebooted to an operable system and created a large partition on the
> remainder of the flash drive. I then attempted to copy DVDs to the flash
> drive using first
>     cp -r -l /media/cdrom0 /media/mydrive/disk1
> I aborted when started receiving error messages of failure with link files.
> I then tried
>     cp -r -l /media/cdrom0 /media/mydrive/disk1
> I aborted that also reviving similar error messages.
> How should I be doing this?

man cp

IOW you are probably missing an option, perhaps the -a, or even the -H?

This is only a suggestion, I'd play around with them and see which one
gives the desired behaviour.

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people
who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the 
oppressing." --- Malcolm X

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