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Old 04-24-2004, 01:59 PM   #1
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Question Using knoppix boot options to activate jump-drive


I've just formated my Lexar 256MB jump drive to create a 'persistent home directory' for my new toy, Knoppix 3.3. The instructions that accompanied this process gave boot options which, presumably, load the drive data from the jump drive at boot-up. Since Knoppix does not like it when booting up with the jump drive inserted (its unusable....and unplugging the drive does not help), I plug it in AFTER bootup. The desktop recognizes it after about 5 seconds.

How do I implement these boot commands??:

knoppix home=scan OR knoppix home=/dev/sda1

They are not placed in the list of boot commands automatically, and typing them in as superuser at the command prompt is ineffective as well. Also, the booting screen leaves no time to insert commands before the desktop is loaded.

I'm pretty new to linux....but remain intrigued!! I don't know if my problem is procedural, syntax, ignorance,or a combination.

Please, someone, educate me!

Thanks for all helpful responses in advance!!
Old 04-25-2004, 04:42 PM   #2
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If you start typing at the boot screen, this should stop the booting process so you can add any options you want. Try this option or check out the cheatcodes site below

knoppix home=/dev/sda1/knoppix.img - Mount loopback file as /home/knoppix

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Last edited by twilli227; 04-26-2004 at 12:10 AM.
Old 04-28-2004, 05:39 PM   #3
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Using this command

knoppix home=/dev/sda1/knoppix.img or
knoppix home=/dev/sda/knoppix.img

consistently froze the computer while in the booting process, as does the

knoppix home=/dev/sda1 or knoppix home=scan

which manages to make it through booting to the blue "initiating system countdown" screen before locking up the system.

All other similar variations of this command seem to be quite effective at locking up as well.

It seems to me that if this device can't survive the bootup process, it sort of defeats the purpose of trying to use it in a live cd format. Assuming that the boot options work, wouldn't it be necessary to type them in manually for every system startup, since the device is not even recognized until after hardware configuration? I'm stumped!

As you probably know, I'm pretty new to linux....So I would quickly absorb any suggestions you can throw at me.


-what does the /knoppix.img do when adding it to the command?-
-what is a loopback file?


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