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Old 12-12-2008, 03:28 AM   #1
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Question Differences between files .img and .iso ?


Hello,

what are the differences between .img and .iso files ?

Can I complete a Linux installation instructions (ie. configuring an USB key) if I have the other format that the one mentioned in the instruction ?
How to convert between these two formats ?

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Old 12-12-2008, 03:54 AM   #2
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The .iso extention is probably meant to signify that the image contains the iso9660 filesystem. The .img extension means "image" which could be any type of image. The extension of a file isn't important.

Use the "file" command to analyze what kind of filesystem the image file contains.
file example.iso

The file command analyzes the beginning of a file looking for identify `magic' characters.
 
Old 12-12-2008, 07:32 AM   #3
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Hi,
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Distro is short for distribution. Why the O?
To answer your sig question for distro. A good possible solution!
 
Old 12-12-2008, 08:55 AM   #4
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I've had that sig for months and suddenly had two messages about it in the last two days. The other guessed that it is based on greek, the way No. is based on numero. That still begs the question on why the "o" is used and not the "i". Instead of spending energy pondering the question, I'll need to come up with a new sig.

The "o" is used a lot in marketing. Adding -o- between two nouns when naming a product. It makes English teachers gnash their teeth when they see it. The "o" in iso is for the standards organization, but the organization is the International Organization of Standards and not International Standards Organization. Iso is actually short for Isos. Again, an ancient Greek rational for abusing the poor letter "o".

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Old 12-12-2008, 10:18 AM   #5
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Hi,

I noticed your sig a while back. Just didn't respond to it until the opening.
 
  


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