fleabus wrote:Persistence is a thing I have struggled with, and was unsuccessful getting it going... [...] I feel bad about that because I find the entire subject intriguing. It would be great to do it with Solyd.... I suppose this is off-topic. It would be great to have a Solyd With Persistence tutorial!
My struggle with getting persistence to work by any and every means I could find drove me to a change of mind regarding persistence. So my "tutorial" is to share my way of thinking. Here is "persistence" by my definition of persistence:
Any storage device has persistence with a data partition and the mount command., does it not? So far as I am concerned, a usb device with a live os and a data partition has persistence.
If the issue in getting persistence is ease of use, then simply automate by learning the process of mounting, chowning, chmoding - doing what is necessary to access and preserve the data. (I might wish that I did not have to manually put the toothpaste on my toothbrush in order to brush my teeth with toothpaste. But until I am so perturbed by the process that I invent disposable toothbrushes with pre-installed toothpaste, or something like that, manually adding toothpaste to the toothbrush is what I must do in order to achieve the desired end.)
For my purposes, two things are necessary to achieve the persistence I desire: 1) a custom iso and 2) a data partition.
I customized (which is a work in progress) the iso to include the applications and configuration I need (gnucash, keepassx, tomboy, gedit, mc, vim, openssh-server, ncftp, lamp - to name most of the few). In the modifications of the iso I create a mountpoint for the data partition (I use /home/Data), modify fstab and the sudoers files (to eliminate the need for the sudo password). I created a symlink in /home/<user> to /home/Data, and can create whatever symlinks I want for convenience in /home/<user> on the fly.
Short of customizing the iso as I have done, I have found that I can mount any partition anywhere I choose with the live isos I have tested, create a temporary symlink to the mounted partition, and overide ownership problems to the mounted partition.
Works for me. End of tutorial.
I get kooky ideas sometimes...
I've read a lot of you on these forums and do not view your ideas as any kookier than those of others. But that not-with-standing, I'm glad that I am not alone in the kooky idea department.
@passnthru, My apologies for the OT...
No apology necessary so far as I am concerned, but thanks.