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Allow override of "install to whole drive" defaults
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wb0gaz

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 5:34 am    Post subject:  Allow override of "install to whole drive" defaults   Reply with quote 

I posted this topic first to "bugs", someone moved it to "howto", but in any event the need is still there:

I wish to install Puppy (3.01 in my case) to a flash drive being used as a hard drive. That is, the machine's BIOS basically sees the compact flash as a disc drive, and can boot from it, so it's emulating a hard disc drive.

The problem is this - something in Puppy (3.01) universal installer decides that it is a flash drive (regardless of when I select CF in an adapter, or HDD as the install target), and only provides an option to install Puppy to the whole drive (ignoring partitions I put in place), rather than a selected partition (this of course presumes that I have partitioned the CF drive previously, which is the case.) So the difference is this - installing onto a previously partitioned HDD lets you select the partition for the root filesystem, while installing onto a previously installed CF acting as a HDD does not provide this option.

I found a clumsy work-around (pre-install to a small HDD of approx. the size I eventually wanted on my CF, then use dd to put the whole HDD image onto a temporary file, and DD again to bring that back to the (larger) CF card, which left me with a single partition that I could then add on to.

So my suggestion is this - please amend the puppy universal installer to allow user to override the "install to the whole drive" default condition that is programmed in response to detecting a flash device. This would be handy in any case of a flash device (example, I have several USB flash devices that I had partitioned, but I have the same problem that I can't install puppy to a partition without going through the maneuver previously described using a HDD as an intermediary.)

Thanks,

Dave
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PostPosted: Today, at 5:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post 

I have a thought to save you all that hoo-haa running around, before someone actually gets a round tuit and adds the options you mention...

1. Take a blank flash drive

2. Install to it The whole of it. Nothing but it Smile

3. Use gparted to resize the partition, still as sda1 (or whatever)

4. Use gparted again to create other partitions as you wish.


I've been thinking of creating a truly non-moving-part machine (apart from a CD drive/floppy drive perhaps), and was considering using a flash drive internally to achieve this. I haven't tried the idea, just adapted it from HDD practice.


Of course if you need to access other partitions in DOS of any form (from a bootable floppy or a bootable CD, with the MS boot files on them), you will need to create them as logical partitions - sda5 onwards - rather than as primaries, sda2 - sda4 Smile

Let us know if it works!

Richard in Oztralia

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