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multibootusb

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Post by azrielle » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:01 am

https://sparkylinux.org/multibootusb/
Is it feasible to add this project to Testing?
I have been using Easy2boot to accomplish the exact same thing for the last 3 years, but the versions I have used required Windows to create the multi-boot USB stick. Easy2boot claim on their website to have enabled Linux creation ability in some convoluted way that I have not tried (figuring how to do it with Windows from their arcane instructional verbosity was difficult enough 3 years ago...).
Being able to easily make a multiple boot live usb stick in MX would be the "Cat's Meow".
multibootusb does require python 3.
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Re: multibootusb

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Post by asqwerth » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:20 am

I've been using Easy2boot from Linux all this while.....

Search Richard's posts for a step by step tutorial on how to get Easy2boot onto your USB stick on LInux. It's quite a few years ago.
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Re: multibootusb

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Post by Richard » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:29 am

The latest version is much smaller.
Works great so long as ISO is <= ca. 4.1GB

I think I have a copy, somewhere.

First link posted didn't go anywhere. :(
This is the one:
viewtopic.php?f=35&t=36489&p=384609&hil ... ot#p344383
Currently using Easy2Boot_v1.A6.
Much smaller and simpler.

Some say you need 2 partitions but I've done it both ways.
If you want 2:
Make 1st FAT32 part of 33 MB (gparted says that is the smallest possible fat)
then 2nd FAT32 part of all the rest, or as desired.

Nothing actually goes on the 1st Fat32 partition.
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Re: multibootusb

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Post by kmathern » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:15 am

azrielle wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:01 am
https://sparkylinux.org/multibootusb/
Is it feasible to add this project to Testing? ...
Back to multibootusb that azrielle asked about.

The python3-multibootusb_9.2.0-1_all.deb package is available here: https://github.com/mbusb/multibootusb/r ... -1_all.deb
And the same version of the package from the sparkylinux repo here: https://sparkylinux.org/repo/pool/main/m/multibootusb/

I thought the sparkylinux repo would also include the debianized source files (.dsc, .debian.tar.xz, .orig.tar.xz), but it only has the binary. Stevo or one of our other packagers might be able to use the instructions here: http://multibootusb.org/page_faq/#your- ... n-i-do-now to create the debianized source, and build the .deb package from it.

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Re: multibootusb

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Post by azrielle » Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:49 am

Having noticed that MX uses python 2.x.x, and this uses python 3.x.x, and Pavroo at Sparky replied to my query about it needing systemd in the affirmative, my request might be a pipe dream as it were.
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Re: multibootusb

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Post by Richard » Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:01 am

the command python calls python2
while the command python3 calls python3.

MX uses systemd-shim to handle systemd requests.
Try it and see if it works.
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Re: multibootusb

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Post by towwire » Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:07 pm

I tried multibootusb with the January snapshot and all that show on two computers was just a picture of MX, no way to boot it.
Richard wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:29 am
The latest version is much smaller.
Works great so long as ISO is <= ca. 4.1GB

I think I have a copy, somewhere.

First link posted didn't go anywhere. :(
This is the one:
viewtopic.php?f=35&t=36489&p=384609&hil ... ot#p344383
Currently using Easy2Boot_v1.A6.
Much smaller and simpler.

Some say you need 2 partitions but I've done it both ways.
If you want 2:
Make 1st FAT32 part of 33 MB (gparted says that is the smallest possible fat)
then 2nd FAT32 part of all the rest, or as desired.

Nothing actually goes on the 1st Fat32 partition.
I tried Easy2Boot_v1.A8 and get this on install:

Code: Select all

Is target device (/dev/sdc1) correct (y/n) : y


Partition = 1
Formatting: /dev/sdc1

Proceed with formatting (y/n): y
mkfs.fat 4.1 (2017-01-24)
Making partition 1 active using parted...
Mounting /dev/sdc1 as /mnt/myusb
Installing grub4dos to MBR
sudo: unable to execute /mnt/MyData/ISO_Files/Easy2Boot_v1.A8/_ISO/docs/linux_utils/bootlace.com: Permission denied
Installing grub4dos to PBR
sudo: unable to execute /mnt/MyData/ISO_Files/Easy2Boot_v1.A8/_ISO/docs/linux_utils/bootlace.com: Permission denied
Copying /mnt/MyData/ISO_Files/Easy2Boot_v1.A8/_ISO/docs/linux_utils/../../../ to /mnt/myusb...

Easy2Boot USB Drive contents...
autorun.inf	  Make_E2B.exe				 unattend.xml
autounattend.xml  MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE (run as admin).cmd  UPDATE_E2B_DRIVE.CMD
e2b.ico		  MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.cmd	 Win10PESE.ini
grldr		  menu.lst				 Win7PESE.ini
_ISO		  QEMU_MENU_TEST (run as admin).cmd	 Win8PESE.ini

Please wait - flushing write cache and unmounting drive...

If this fails, you may need to use fdisk to delete the drive contents
See www.rmprepusb.com - Tutorial 114 for details

Disk /dev/sdc: 14.5 GiB, 15518924800 bytes, 30310400 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x88f7ab2d

Device     Boot Start      End  Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/sdc1  *     2048 30242815 30240768 14.4G  b W95 FAT32

Note: For best boot compatibilty, ensure a second Primary partition exists on the E2B USB drive.
The second partition can be very small and does not need to be formatted.

Use 'sudo perl ~/Downloads/Easy2Boot/_ISO/docs/linux_utils/defragfs /media/Multiboot -f' to defrag this volume.
Of course the stick will not boot.

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Re: multibootusb

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Post by fehlix » Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:20 pm

towwire wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:07 pm
I tried multibootusb with the January snapshot and all that show on two computers was just a picture of MX, no way to boot it.
Have you seen this post.
viewtopic.php?p=459424#p459424
where I have shown, how I have booted MX Linux with multibootusb.org's tool .

Or this post, where @c4os, has show how he did it:
viewtopic.php?p=460512#p460512

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Re: multibootusb

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Post by Richard » Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:28 pm

Sorry. Misread.
Last edited by Richard on Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: multibootusb

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Post by towwire » Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:39 pm

fehlix wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:20 pm
towwire wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:07 pm
I tried multibootusb with the January snapshot and all that show on two computers was just a picture of MX, no way to boot it.
Have you seen this post.
viewtopic.php?p=459424#p459424
where I have shown, how I have booted MX Linux with multibootusb.org's tool .

Or this post, where @c4os, has show how he did it:
viewtopic.php?p=460512#p460512

:puppy:
I bookmark them for later when I have a stick to play with. I just used our tool for the January snapshot to install on a friend's computer. Will start another post on a question for it later.

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