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Old 12-01-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
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Sidux live-cd with persistent home on USB stick

I have a smallish (512MB) unused thumbdrive which I'd like Sidux to use to keep persistence after booting off the CD.
I've been Googling, but all I find are instructions on how to install the whole of Sidux, persistent file included, on a 2+GB thumbdrive. This is not what I want to do - booting off the CD will do perfectly for my intended app, and the spare thumbdrive is too small to put the whole OS on it anyway.

This can be done on debian by making a loopback casper-rw file on a thumbdrive which it automatically sees, but doing the equivalent on sidux (sidux-rw loopback file, "persistent" parameter at bootup) causes it to complain that it can't create a persistent filesystem and refuse to boot.

Is there a guide to do this?


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Old 12-01-2009, 01:44 PM   #2
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The sidux wiki or manual would be the first place to look, then the forum or the #sidux irc on

If debian works that way then why not just use debian?
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using sidux you gotta make a sidux-rw persistent file
which you can put on your harddrive
and boot off cd and have persistence

did you look here?
notice that there is a difference between persistenvce
on a fat32 and on a ext partition
Old 12-03-2009, 02:13 PM   #4
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I missed that. I was giving it the ext2 command with a fat partition. Thanks.

As for why I'm not using Debian: I tried, but it won't work right on my notebook. It's an old Toshiba (model M30X) that always had some problem or another under Linux; with Debian Squeeze and all live *buntus I tried, it starts going all jittery and slow as soon as X starts. With Sidux it works fine - presumably because it uses newer drivers. I really don't have the patience/willpower to go looking for the specific problem, since Sidux works and I only need to set it up as a torrent downloader.
(Yes, I do know about Puppy; it works on the notebook, but it uses Transmission, which I hate, and offers no easy way to install Deluge, which I like.)

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Old 08-03-2010, 07:48 AM   #5
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I am not expecting a fast response and have started a new thread about my slightly different question so don't worry.

My question is how to get persistent image to work with a LiveCd of Ubuntu 9.04. It's only the same question in the sense that i want to boot-up a LiveCd and then keep data&settings, perhaps installed programs, on the Usb stick. I don't want to boot-up from usb-stick. The Cd looks all official and acceptable to my slightly main-stream bosses, a usb-stick probably wouldn't.

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