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Re: USB Creator

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 04 Jul 2019 12:17

USB Creator is now using 7z to check the configuration inside the ISO. Mounting the ISO worked fine until maintainers create non-ISO9660 ISOs. 7z opens them nonetheless.

It checks grub.cfg or isolinux.cfg for the path of the kernel, the path of the initramfs and the boot options. For most distributions that is more than enough and this way I can limit the configuration files needed to create the Grub2 menuentry.

If the ISO does not have a working loopback.cfg, USB Creator falls back to the configuration files found at f/usr/share/usb-creator/files/distributions.
If no distribution specific configuration file exists, USB Creator falls back to the generic configuration of the distribution's parent distribution. All distribution families are stored in /usr/share/usb-creator/files/distributions/families which is created from output of the Distrowatch database.

I've tested many distributions successfully:

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Automatic:
* 4MLinux
* Antergos
* AntiX
* ArchBang
* ArchLabs
* ArchLinux
* ArcoLinux
* CentoOS
* ClearOS
* Clonezilla
* Debian Live
* Debian Netinstall
* Deepin
* Devuan
* Elementary
* Fedora WS Live
* Fedora WS Netinstall
* Gentoo
* GnuStep
* GParted
* Kaos
* KdeNeon
* Knoppix
* Kodachi
* Kubuntu
* Linux Lite
* Linux Mint
* Lubuntu
* MX Linux
* Netrunner
* OpenMandriva
* OpenSuse Live
* Peppermint
* Rosa
* Slackware
* Slackware Live
* SolusOS
* SolydK
* SolydX
* SystemRecueCD
* Ubuntu
* Xubuntu
* Zorin

Manually:
* Kali (loopback does not boot)
* Parrot (loopback does not boot)
* Puppy (needs unpacking first)
* TinyCore
But I couldn't get these to boot:

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* Alpine
* Antergos minimal
* BlackArch
* FreeBSD
* Kolibri
* Mageia
* Manjaro
* OpenSuse (DVD)
* PCLinux
* ReactOS
* Sabayon
* Vector


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Re: USB Creator

Postby troypulk » 06 Jul 2019 17:56

I'm testing this now and using a console to see thats going on it has been copying the iso to the thumb drive for over 10 min. now, how long does this usually take?

I'm using solydx_10_64_201907.iso for this test.

It says that it's "Gathering ISO Information"

In the older version it would of been done by now.

Thanks

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I remember in the old version there was a choice for a single live iso and it wouldn't work unless it was checked.

By the way it's been "Gathering ISO Information" for over 40 min.

It froze here:

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/usr/bin/usb-creator
/usr/lib/usb-creator/main.py:56: PyGIDeprecationWarning: Since version 3.11, calling threads_init is no longer needed. See: https://wiki.gnome.org/PyGObject/Threading
  GObject.threads_init()

(main.py:7545): Gtk-WARNING **: 11:54:02.640: Theme parsing error: gtk.css:337:24: Invalid name of pseudo-class
('Executing:', 'usb-creator  "/home/troypulk/solydx_10_64_201907.iso" /dev/sdb')
==========>>>>> Start log at Sat 06 Jul 2019 11:54:49 AM PDT <<<<<==========
Set label: fatlabel /dev/sdb1 "USBCREATOR"
0x41: Dirty bit is set. Fs was not properly unmounted and some data may be corrupt.
 Automatically removing dirty bit.
Grub files copied to /media/troypulk/D6FD-6173/boot/grub/
Gather ISO information: /home/troypulk/solydx_10_64_201907.iso
Check available space: ISOSIZE=1775392, FREESIZE=3842892
ISO label: SOLYDX_10_64BIT
Found distribution: debian/solydxk
Copy /home/troypulk/solydx_10_64_201907.iso to /dev/sdb1

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Re: USB Creator

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 07 Jul 2019 10:11

Have you tried a different pen drive?
Format it with fat32 (no GPT).

For me it wouldn't work on a NTFS formatted Pen drive.

I had to remove some features because those were making the previous USB Creator buggy and impossible to maintain.


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Re: USB Creator

Postby troypulk » 07 Jul 2019 20:59

I did try a different pen drive but looking at it with gparted it had GPT and fat32 but it didn't work so I changed the partition table to msdos, and formatting to ext4 and fat32 and neither worked so I'm wondering if the iso is corrupted so I'm playing around with it.

I burnt the ISO to a dvd and it worked and installed just fine so the iso isn't bad.

So far there is nothing that I have done that works, what did you do to get it to work and I'll try that.

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Re: USB Creator

Postby palimmo » 08 Jul 2019 13:43

This could be possibly interesting:

yesterday I downloaded the Debian 10 Gnome 64 bit iso
https://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/cu ... -gnome.iso
and I burnt it with SolydK USB creator on a USB stick.
According to the dialog window, the operation was successfully.

After the bios screen the OS could sadly not be loaded. I get only a blank screen with a blinking cursor.
I can only force the laptop to reboot.

SHA256 was checked and was fine.

I'll try again (downloading and burning) and I'll let you know.
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Re: USB Creator

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 08 Jul 2019 14:13

After using the USB Creator, check the log: ~/.usbcreator/usbcreator.log
Perhaps there's an error logged that helps pointing in the right direction.

I did what troypulk did: msdos, fat32 and run USB Creator and I did that with all the distributions mentioned on Github.
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Re: USB Creator

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 08 Jul 2019 16:11

I tried to create a bootable USB on my old laptop of SolydK9 and SolydK10 ISOs.
They boot but it ends in a mouse pointer for SolydK9 and a non-blinking cursor for SolydK10.
That's because this mini laptop doesn't have the resources to live boot from USB.

If somebody can confirm that the SolydXK 10 ISOs are unboatable I'll remove them from the server.
I can build new ones in a couple of weeks.


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Re: USB Creator

Postby grizzler » 08 Jul 2019 17:08

The ISOs themselves are probably fine. I just wrote SolydX 10 to a USB stick and it booted without issues.

Mind you, I used UNetbootin to write the ISO to the stick and the machine I booted it on is an old BIOS-laptop...
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Re: USB Creator

Postby troypulk » 09 Jul 2019 03:10

Arjen Balfoort wrote:
08 Jul 2019 16:11
I tried to create a bootable USB on my old laptop of SolydK9 and SolydK10 ISOs.
They boot but it ends in a mouse pointer for SolydK9 and a non-blinking cursor for SolydK10.
That's because this mini laptop doesn't have the resources to live boot from USB.

If somebody can confirm that the SolydXK 10 ISOs are unboatable I'll remove them from the server.
I can build new ones in a couple of weeks.
I burned solydx_10_64_201907.iso to a DVD and it booted just fine, it's probably the usb-creator or human error.

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Re: USB Creator

Postby troypulk » 09 Jul 2019 03:43

Arjen Balfoort wrote:
08 Jul 2019 14:13
After using the USB Creator, check the log: ~/.usbcreator/usbcreator.log
Perhaps there's an error logged that helps pointing in the right direction.

I did what troypulk did: msdos, fat32 and run USB Creator and I did that with all the distributions mentioned on Github.
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It froze after copying the iso but log didn't have anything just what it was doing.

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Re: USB Creator

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 09 Jul 2019 12:39

If Grub was installed correctly, there must be something wrong with grub.cfg.

Now that I think of it. USB Creator installs 64-bit EFI Grub, 32-bit EFI Grub and legacy Grub on the USB. Perhaps that's a bit too much?


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