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Live install on USB Flash drive & Updates?

Postby kcegginton on Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:59 pm

I am successfully running Linux Mint 6 a persistent 'install' on a USB flash drive (as per PenDriveLinux instructions) and I love it. I have also installed several additional apps with no problem. I am, however, not yet quite ready to commit to making my laptop dual-booting and doing a full install.

My question is this: what should I do about the 274 recommended updates that MintUpdate tell me are available? Can I install them without breaking the Live install? If I do, will they eat up my USB flash drive space? Will they slow down boot-up time (which I think is getting longer each time I install a new app)?

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Re: Live install on USB Flash drive & Updates?

Postby Husse on Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:16 am

If you run a pen drive version of the live CD which I think you do you can't really update even if it's persistent
This is because Mint is still one big file that is unpacked during boot and you can't (well...) add the updates
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Re: Live install on USB Flash drive & Updates?

Postby kcegginton on Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:08 pm

Thanks - that's about what I thought. I just wasn't sure whether the contents of the flash drive had been de-archived or not.

I guess I'll have to go for a full install if I want to keep up-to-date.

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Re: Live install on USB Flash drive & Updates?

Postby farqward on Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:31 pm

kcegginton,
Hopefully you haven't acted yet based on what Husse said.

I am running Linux Mint 6 from a thumb drive with persistence. I followed the instructions from pendrivelinux.com as well. Don't be so fast to do a full install solely for updates. I was able to update my system via mintUpdate, and the system stays up to date after rebooting. I still have not done a full install, and don't plan to any time soon.

Regarding your initial post:

Yes you can do the 274 updates. Yes you can install them without breaking the live install. The updates will take up space on your thumb drive (in my case only a small amount). Boot up time was not slowed down in my case.
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Re: Live install on USB Flash drive & Updates?

Postby Husse on Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:10 pm

I have not studied the pendrivelinux.com solutions closely
On a glance it seems that a loop mounted casper is used which is far more advanced than when I studied this some time ago.
This cares for updates to be saved and is about the same method as in mint4win
I was wrong when I answered with older solutions in mind - you find a few in the how to section of the forum.
So it depends on which method is being used
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