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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Installed gnome 14.04 persistent on MMC/SD. Very well done! I could not get this machine to work with MMS/SD. mkusb worked out of the box. One GUI bug. I copied ubuntu-gnome.iso to Desktop then opened mkusb. When I tried to go to dekstop directory to choose .ISO it would bounce back to home/username so I had to quit mkusb and copy it manualy to the home directory and thn it worked.
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    ubuntu-gnome@ubuntu-gnome:~$ inxi -Fxz
    System:    Host: ubuntu-gnome Kernel: 3.13.0-24-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.8.2) 
               Desktop: Gnome 3.10.4 Distro: Ubuntu 14.04 trusty
    Machine:   System: HP-Pavilion product: RK574AA-ABA a1730n
               Mobo: ASUSTek model: NODUSM3 version: 1.05 Bios: Phoenix version: 5.04 date: 12/15/2006
    CPU:       Dual core AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 svm) bmips: 4008.3 
               Clock Speeds: 1: 1000.00 MHz 2: 1000.00 MHz
    Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA GT218 [GeForce 210] bus-ID: 02:00.0 
               X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: nouveau (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1440x900@59.9hz 
               GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NVA8 GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.1.0 Direct Rendering: Yes
    Audio:     Card: NVIDIA High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 02:00.1 
               Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-24-generic
    Network:   Card: NVIDIA MCP51 Ethernet Controller driver: forcedeth port: c800 bus-ID: 00:14.0
               IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
    Drives:    HDD Total Size: 324.1GB (0.0% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST3320820AS size: 320.1GB temp: 34C 
               2: id: /dev/sdd model: SD/MMC size: 4.0GB temp: 0C 
    Partition: ID: / size: 820M used: 136M (18%) fs: overlayfs ID: swap-1 size: 2.01GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap 
    RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
    Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 55.0 
               Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A 
    Info:      Processes: 168 Uptime: 26 min Memory: 776.8/2000.9MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.2 
               Client: Shell (bash 4.3.8) inxi: 1.9.17 
    ubuntu-gnome@ubuntu-gnome:~$
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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Yes indeed Very well done....I have not fired up the ubuntu machine yet but on Arch works a treat.
    Will give it more extensive testing tonite sudous....up to my eyeballs in honey-do's for the afternoon.
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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Quote Originally Posted by ventrical View Post
    Installed gnome 14.04 persistent on MMC/SD. Very well done! I could not get this machine to work with MMS/SD. mkusb worked out of the box. One GUI bug. I copied ubuntu-gnome.iso to Desktop then opened mkusb. When I tried to go to dekstop directory to choose .ISO it would bounce back to home/username so I had to quit mkusb and copy it manualy to the home directory and thn it worked.
    Regards..
    I will try to reproduce this bug - and try to squash it. It should work also with iso files in the Desktop directory.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Quote Originally Posted by 1fallen View Post
    Yes indeed Very well done....I have not fired up the ubuntu machine yet but on Arch works a treat.
    Will give it more extensive testing tonite sudous....up to my eyeballs in honey-do's for the afternoon.
    Regards
    I'm looking forward to the results of your further tests

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ventrical View Post
    Installed gnome 14.04 persistent on MMC/SD. Very well done! I could not get this machine to work with MMS/SD. mkusb worked out of the box. One GUI bug. I copied ubuntu-gnome.iso to Desktop then opened mkusb. When I tried to go to dekstop directory to choose .ISO it would bounce back to home/username so I had to quit mkusb and copy it manualy to the home directory and thn it worked.
    Regards..
    I will try to reproduce this bug - and try to squash it. It should work also with iso files in the Desktop directory.
    I could not reproduce this bug in 16.04.1 LTS, neither in my installed Lubuntu + Xubuntu system nor in a persistent live Lubuntu system.

    See this mkusb.log file (high-lights in red) and the attached screenshots #1-2.

    Code:
    The mkusb console window displays,
    or the file ~/mkusb.log contains:
    output from the engine behind the zenity curtain.
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    start [mkusb 11.0.3] @ 2016-09-16 06:24:04 AM
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Current directory=/home/lubuntu
    main: usbonly=true
    main: liveonly=true
    No input file specified yet
    main: source=''
    TERM=unknown
    ubuntu
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    menu_shell:
    select_source: imagefile=/home/lubuntu/Downloads/mini.iso
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    menu_shell:
    select_source: imagefile=/home/lubuntu/Downloads/mini.iso
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    menu_shell:
    select_source: imagefile=/home/lubuntu/Desktop/TinyCore-5.4.iso
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    menu_shell:
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    menu_shell:
    imagefile=/home/lubuntu/Desktop/TinyCore-5.4.iso
    The iso file SHOULD BE loop mounted on a temporary file READ-ONLY:
    mount: /dev/loop2 is write-protected, mounting read-only
    disk_name_type=title
    MENU TITLE TinyCore _found_ in iso-file
    MENU TITLE TinyCore _not_ in any possible target drive
    Booted from: /dev/sda
    /dev/sda is busy; cannot be unmounted. Close any program that is using
    this device if you want to select and use it as a target for mkusb (maybe
    change directory if a terminal window is using the partition)!
    ans=1
     
    Installing /home/lubuntu/Desktop/TinyCore-5.4.iso to /dev/mmcblk0 ...
     
    gpt_zap: done
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    do_n_show:
    &lt; "TinyCore-5.4.iso" pv -n -s 14680064 | dd bs=4096  of=/dev/mmcblk0
     
    ( < "TinyCore-5.4.iso" pv -n -s 14680064 | dd bs=4096  of=/dev/mmcblk0 && echo 'Done' > /dev/stderr ) 2>&1 || ( echo '# failed';sleep 1 )
    Please wait for sync (flushing file system buffers to the device)
    until 'Done' is written ...
    'pv %'; 'dd final output'
    100
    3584+0 records in
    3584+0 records out
    14680064 bytes (15 MB, 14 MiB) copied, 0.0604942 s, 243 MB/s
    Done
    do_n_show: Work done
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Syncing the device ...
    Done :-)
    Cleanup after mkusb finished :-)
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total time used [by mkusb] = 290 s; 00:04:50
    -o-

    Did you try a persistent live Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 LTS? 'Kernel: 3.13.0-24-generic' tells me it is not updated & upgraded at all. I tried in Ubuntu Gnome 14.04.1 LTS, which is where you should start, if you want the trusty kernel, and I could not reproduce the bug

    Code:
    $ uname -a
    Linux ubuntu-gnome 3.13.0-32-generic #57-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jul 15 03:51:08 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    I don't know why and how you moved the iso file to the desktop (I don't know the name of the 'desktop' in Ubuntu Gnome, files in ~/Desktop are not displayed on the 'desktop'). Anyway, if the iso file is in the directory ~/Desktop, it works. See 'this mkusb.log' and attachments #3-4.

    Code:
    The mkusb console window displays,
    or the file ~/mkusb.log contains:
    output from the engine behind the zenity curtain.
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    start [mkusb 11.0.3] @ 2016-09-16 07:42:20 AM
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Current directory=/home/ubuntu-gnome
    main: usbonly=true
    main: liveonly=true
    No input file specified yet
    main: source=''
    TERM=xterm
    ubuntu
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    menu_shell:
    select_source: imagefile=/home/ubuntu-gnome/Desktop/mini.iso
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    menu_shell:
    select_source: imagefile=/home/ubuntu-gnome/Desktop/TinyCore-5.4.iso
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    menu_shell:
    imagefile=/home/ubuntu-gnome/Desktop/TinyCore-5.4.iso
    The iso file SHOULD BE loop mounted on a temporary file READ-ONLY:
    mount: block device /home/ubuntu-gnome/Desktop/TinyCore-5.4.iso is write-protected, mounting read-only
    disk_name_type=title
    MENU TITLE TinyCore _found_ in iso-file
    MENU TITLE TinyCore _not_ in any possible target drive
    Booted from: /dev/sda
    /dev/sda is busy; cannot be unmounted. Close any program that is using
    this device if you want to select and use it as a target for mkusb (maybe
    change directory if a terminal window is using the partition)!
    ans=1
     
    Installing /home/ubuntu-gnome/Desktop/TinyCore-5.4.iso to /dev/mmcblk0 ...
     
    gpt_zap: done
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    do_n_show:
    &lt; "TinyCore-5.4.iso" pv -n -s 14680064 | dd bs=4096  of=/dev/mmcblk0
     
    ( < "TinyCore-5.4.iso" pv -n -s 14680064 | dd bs=4096  of=/dev/mmcblk0 && echo 'Done' > /dev/stderr ) 2>&1 || ( echo '# failed';sleep 1 )
    Please wait for sync (flushing file system buffers to the device)
    until 'Done' is written ...
    'pv %'; 'dd final output'
    100
    3584+0 records in
    3584+0 records out
    14680064 bytes (15 MB) copied, 0.04388 s, 335 MB/s
    Done
    do_n_show: Work done
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Syncing the device ...
    Done :-)
    Cleanup after mkusb finished :-)
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total time used [by mkusb] = 243 s; 00:04:03
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    Last edited by sudodus; September 16th, 2016 at 09:28 AM.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    I installed mkusb (as per your instructions) on a laptop with ubuntu-trusty - fully upgraded (unity-desktop). I copied (dragged) the ubuntu-gnome-14.04. iso from a USB stick to the desktop. When I ran mkusb it would not let me go to the /desktop. It would also not allow me to drag the .ISO file from the desktop to home/user_name. So , as I said .. I had to close mkusb, open nautilus and then drag the .ISO file to home/user_name and it worked. I'll try with another .ISO today.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Copied mini.ios to desktop. mkusb will still not allow me to access desktop. It sort of graphically bounces to /home.
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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    I think I see the problem now. You are trying to trying with root's Desktop directory. But you should change directory to the current user's home directory, and then to the Desktop, so for example

    in an installed system: /home/ventrical/Desktop

    in a live system: /home/ubuntu/Desktop

    Does this solve the problem?

    It should also be possible to drag and drop the iso-file's desktop icon into mkusb's window 'Select source file' - and it will be accepted (and in the correct place), if the permissions allow, and I think they do (at least it works for me).

    -o-

    I think there is something for me to do here. In a fresh install of mkusb, the window 'Select source file' is located at /root. It is not very intuitive, and should be changed to the default user's home directory ~ alias "$HOME". I will look into that.
    Last edited by sudodus; September 16th, 2016 at 01:14 PM. Reason: You are trying to trying with root's Desktop directory.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    I am just going along with the program (as before) I didn't change anything. The #root comes up right after I select an .iso.

    regards..

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    I am trying to understand your problem. Obviously there is something that is wrong with mkusb in your system. Either it is making you confused, or it is acting in a different way compared to what I see here. So something is wrong.

    Now I have installed mkusb into a live system of Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS amd64. It should be close to your Ubuntu version. If no input file is selected, the window should default to $HOME of the user, in a live system 'ubuntu', maybe in your case 'ventrical'. But if you click on the bookmarks in the top left corner, you will get root's home directory, which is not what you want.

    The first attached screenshot show how it looks for me. The second screenshot illustrates drag n drop.

    Is this what you have ventrical, or is your system getting locked somehow?
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