Debian Bug report logs - #472055
RFP: partusb -- tweak an usb stick to become bootable, optionally install Linux

Package: wnpp; Maintainer for wnpp is wnpp@debian.org;

Reported by: Harald Dunkel <harald.dunkel@t-online.de>

Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 19:18:09 UTC

Severity: wishlist

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Report forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, <wnpp@debian.org>:
Bug#472055; Package wnpp. Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Harald Dunkel <harald.dunkel@t-online.de>:
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From: Harald Dunkel <harald.dunkel@t-online.de>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Cc: Randall Donald <randy@khensu.org>
Subject: ITP: partusb -- tweak an usb stick to become bootable, optionally install Linux
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 20:00:00 +0100
Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist

partusb creates a simple partition table on an usb memory stick with
the right params for heads, cylinders and sectors/track to make it
bootable on (almost) any PC with bootable usb harddisk support.

In addition it can use debootstrap to install a base Debian or Ubuntu
System on the usb stick, add grub to it, and it provides means to mount
it for maintenance, to add and remove packages, etc.

The created Linux system is _not_ bound to the PC used for installation.

Samples (assuming /dev/sdd is the USB memory stick):

       partusb -d /dev/sdd -f --mbr -t vfat
           Install a mbr, and create a single bootable partition using the
           vfat filesystem.

       partusb -d /dev/sdd -i --swap 512
           create a labeled root and swap partition, use debootstrap to add
           a basic Linux installation, and make it bootable via grub

       partusb -l usbroot update
           update the package database on the installed system. "usbroot" is
           the default label, so the -l option could be omitted.

       partusb install gnome xserver-xorg
           install gnome and the XWindow server packages, including all depen-
           dencies.

       partusb --synaptic
           mount the usbroot partition, and run the synaptic package manager
           in a chroot

       partusb --shell
           enter a chroot shell for maintenance


#
# Copyright (C) 2008 Harald Dunkel
#
# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2, as
# published by the Free Software Foundation.
#
# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
# GNU General Public License for more details.


Regards

Harri





Owner recorded as Harald Dunkel <harald.dunkel@t-online.de>. Request was from Thomas Huriaux <thomas.huriaux@gmail.com> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Sat, 22 Mar 2008 12:21:24 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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Acknowledgement sent to "Nelson A. de Oliveira" <naoliv@debian.org>:
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From: "Nelson A. de Oliveira" <naoliv@debian.org>
To: "Harald Dunkel" <harald.dunkel@t-online.de>
Cc: 472055@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Status of partusb package
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 00:39:18 -0300
Hi Harald!

partusb seems to be a very interesting package. What is the status of
it, please?

Thank you!

Best regards,
Nelson




Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, <wnpp@debian.org>:
Bug#472055; Package wnpp. Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Harald Dunkel <harald.dunkel@t-online.de>:
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Message #17 received at 472055@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Harald Dunkel <harald.dunkel@t-online.de>
To: "Nelson A. de Oliveira" <naoliv@debian.org>, 472055@bugs.debian.org
Cc: Randall Donald <randy@khensu.org>
Subject: Re: Bug#472055: Status of partusb package
Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2008 07:33:10 +0200
Nelson A. de Oliveira wrote:
> Hi Harald!
>
> partusb seems to be a very interesting package. What is the status of
> it, please?
>
There are 2 scripts:

partusb creates a partition table, calling install-mbr
and sfdisk with the right parameters. It also runs mkfs
to make sure that the partitions are labeled, and triggers
the kernel to make the new labels available in
/dev/disk/by-label.

instusb can call partusb. It can install Debian, Ubuntu or
FreeDOS (in parallel) on the USB stick, using default
settings. This is a "real" install, i.e. there is no
embedded iso image as for other "linux-on-an-usb-stick"
howtos. Boot loader is grub. It can also provide a chroot
session, e.g. to install/remove packages using aptitude or
synaptic. There is no dosemu support for a vfat partition
(yet?).

partusb has been reworked last weekend to support up to 4
partitions (no extended partitions). instusb has to be
adjusted accordingly. And the man pages need to be updated.


Regards

Harri





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Bug#472055; Package wnpp. (Mon, 24 May 2010 19:14:23 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Lucas Nussbaum <lucas@debian.org>:
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Message #22 received at 472055@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Lucas Nussbaum <lucas@debian.org>
To: 472055@bugs.debian.org
Cc: control@bugs.debian.org
Subject: partusb: changing back from ITP to RFP
Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 19:06:17 +0000
retitle 472055 RFP: partusb -- tweak an usb stick to become bootable, optionally install Linux
noowner 472055
thanks

Hi,

This is an automatic email to change the status of partusb back from ITP
(Intent to Package) to RFP (Request for Package), because this bug hasn't seen
any activity during the last 18 months.

If you are still interested in adopting partusb, please send a mail to
<control@bugs.debian.org> with:

 retitle 472055 ITP: partusb -- tweak an usb stick to become bootable, optionally install Linux
 owner 472055 !
 thanks

However, it is not recommended to keep ITP for a long time without acting on
the package, as it might cause other prospective maintainers to refrain from
packaging that software. It is also a good idea to document your progress on
this ITP from time to time, by mailing <472055@bugs.debian.org>.

Thank you for your interest in Debian,
-- 
Lucas, for the QA team




Changed Bug title to 'RFP: partusb -- tweak an usb stick to become bootable, optionally install Linux' from 'ITP: partusb -- tweak an usb stick to become bootable, optionally install Linux' Request was from Lucas Nussbaum <lucas@debian.org> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Mon, 24 May 2010 19:26:12 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Removed annotation that Bug was owned by Harald Dunkel <harald.dunkel@t-online.de>. Request was from Lucas Nussbaum <lucas@debian.org> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Mon, 24 May 2010 19:26:12 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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