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    How to resize root on a live usb?

    i wanted to install updates, but the Update Manager said there wasn't enough space on / although enough free space should be availabe: (see attached screenshot)

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    that is a live USB flash drive, hosting a live system that can be tried out or installed, that also saves all changes. i just don't get why it says there's not enough space when clearly there is.
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    Re: How to resize root on a live usb?

    Here are some step by step for using GParted from the LiveCD.

    Basically, you'll have to shrink your /home partition (or another partition on the same drive) to give unallocated space, then expand your / partition into the unallocated space.

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    Re: How to resize root on a live usb?

    Look at the screenshot i posted. The only partitions are /dev/sdc1 and 2 with the mount points /cdrom and /media/16gb2 respectively. Is it even possible to resize partitions that are inside a LiveCD image?

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    Re: How to resize root on a live usb?

    If you boot from a cd/dvd, that "partition table" would be fixed and you won't be able to resize/move/delete anything (since its already 'hard' written into the physical media). You would, however, be able to resize the 16gb drive (/media/16gb) that is plugged into your computer.

    If you want to customize a distro of your own and place it on a cd/dvd there are a number of ways to do that, the first that comes to mind is the openSUSE Builder

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    Re: How to resize root on a live usb?

    My files and applications are being stored correctly and there's enough free space in /tmp. i don't get it....

    wait, let me try to explain it:
    that is a live USB flash drive, hosting a live system that can be tried out or installed, that also saves all changes. i just don't get why it says there's not enough space when clearly there is.
    Last edited by amoebios; February 26th, 2011 at 08:14 PM. Reason: updating, adding information.

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    Re: How to resize root on a live usb?

    Could it be the FAT32 4 GB limit? Can i spread the image to multiple casper-rw's or would i have to create a partition with a FS that can handle larger files?
    Last edited by amoebios; March 25th, 2011 at 08:41 PM. Reason: found answer to one question myself (how to delete a post)

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    Re: How to resize root on a live usb?

    Ha, look, i believe this is how i created this setup:
    First, i partitioned the flash drive with another LiveCD i already had. i then used unetbootin to create a LiveUSB on the small partition, then bootet that and used ubuntus Startup Disk Creator to create the persistent system on the larger partition.
    i thought it was booting from the small partition.

    Let's say i mark the small partition bootable and boot from that, will it save to the other partition? Can't wait to try!

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