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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    I made a Ubuntu 18.04 flash drive from laptop running 16.04.
    Works great so far, very fast, easy to use, the home backup is a great feature as is.
    Restore gave a warning but worked ok.

    What next?

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    @C.S.Cameron,

    Thanks for testing

    Please try to remember (or test again) to specify the warning.



    What's next:

    - Copy this version (mkusb 12.3.2) to the stable PPA, ppa:mkusb/ppa

    - Maybe create a stand-alone tool to replace the ext4 file system in the 'casper-rw' partition with udf. (I don't want to integrate it in mkusb because there is no well-known tool to repair the udf file system. As you may remember, this is a way to keep Windows from prompting to format the partition.)

    - What would you suggest?

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    "This casper-rw partition is not clean."

    "It may work..."

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    I see. This warning is written, when you restore to a 'casper-rw', where there are files already (in the home directory or in other system directories (except etc where mkusb writes some files to prevent massive automatic updates)).

    Maybe it should be written in a different way: 'clean' could be replaced by 'empty' or some other word.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    I think this restore home option is a first for bootable USB makers, good work.

    Sooo... I was just noticing that Startup Disk Creator now comes with QEMU, making it easy to test the finished flash drive without having to reboot the computer.
    MultiBootUSB also comes with a QEMU app.

    Do you think it would be worth adding QEMU to mkusb?

    If it is part of SDC then it is installed by default and only needs to be triggered when mkusb has completed an install.
    I don't think it would add any bulk to the mkusb app.

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