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Old 12-30-2009, 05:26 PM   #1
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installing software on a removable drive

I would like to install some software on my eeepc but have limited space on the internal flash drive. Im using eeebunta as the os and usuall use synaptic to install any new packages , how can I get synaptic to install them on a removable/flash drive or hard disk is this possable?
Old 12-30-2009, 06:57 PM   #2
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I have a acer netbook, large hdd so the only problem I share with you is the need to install from usb.

An extra HD could become the usr directory, to take your extra software. I have done this with a very old box, but his was an installed (not removable) disk. You have to reinstall, manually partitioning, with /usr as the mount point for /dev/sdb (or whatever the new device is). Be careful, the system will then be unable to run without it. It's not ideal. Removable devices under these circumstances are fine for photos, music, etc.

Another possibility: the latest pendrive live utilities (see below) have a facility for building extra apps into the live usbstick. ie if you apt-get anything in your live session it is there next time:

My suggestion would be not to try and make your eee do more than it's designed for, just keep the size of your home directory down by putting as much as possible on (encrypted!) removable media. Hope that helps.


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