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Old 07-26-2016, 09:43 AM   #1
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I have Slackware 14.2 on a USB but can I install it on a 32GB USB thumb drive? Or I have to use a DVD to a 32GB USB thumb drive? Or dose have to be install from DVD to a Hard Drive? I like to use my first choice. Any idea for me?
 
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Yes, you can install it to a thumbdrive, but you'd be better off using Alien Bob's (a core Slackware team member) Slackware Live, which allows you to basically have a live distro on your usb drive. It includes the ability to add persistence and encryption and, personally, I feel it is a much easier option than trying to install Slackware to a USB device.

http://docs.slackware.com/slackware:liveslak
 
Old 07-26-2016, 10:29 AM   #3
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I try his but I couldn't never get it work. Maybe I will try it again some day. Beside I wanted to do a full install so I could compile source packages or build programs. The live version I use can't seem to do it or I'm doing something wrong.
 
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As long as you enable persistence, you can certainly build packages without issue. I ran it on my laptop to build all the required packages for my htpc (kodi and its dependencies) so I had minimal downtime upgrading my htpc. I could just install Slackware, copy the kodi packages over, install those, and then be back up and running. It worked beautifully (except that my laptop is quite slow, so it took time to do all this -- but I could watch my htpc as I was waiting, so it was certainly worth it).

The easiest way to get a basic setup with persistence going is:

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./iso2usb.sh -i /location/to/slackware64-live-14.2.iso -o /dev/sdX
(Replace /dev/sdX with your USB drive. Make sure it is the correct drive as this command will wipe it.) Let it run for a bit, and when it's done, you'll have a shiny new live version of Slackware. Then you can download sbopkg, sync it with SBo, and compile any programs you need.

If you run into problems, feel free to post here and we'll try to work through them.

But, personally, I feel this is a much easier process than trying to install to a USB drive and then getting an initrd built and modifying your lilo (or grub, if you prefer that) to use the initrd, setup the wait period (to ensure the USB device is given enough time after boot to initialize). Setting up Slackware live is just one command, waiting for 5-10 minutes (maybe less, I don't remember how long it took to copy write the disc), then you just boot. Much faster than probably at least an hour to do a normal installation to the USB device.
 
  


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