[arch-general] creating an archlinux usb key with persistence

Thu Mar 13 11:52:28 EDT 2014

I agree! It sounds like just what I need.

-----Original Message-----
From: Manolo Martínez [mailto:manolo at austrohungaro.com] 
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2014 3:39 AM
To: General Discussion about Arch Linux
Subject: Re: [arch-general] creating an archlinux usb key with persistence

On 03/13/14 at 03:59am, Mark Lee wrote:
> While I don't know of any specific instructions on the Arch wiki, you 
> can install Arch Linux onto a usb stick like a regular {H,S}DD. In my 
> case, I made three partitions. The first was an NTFS partition for 
> using the usb stick as a data transferring device; the second was a 
> FAT32 boot partition (for EFI and Syslinux booting); the third was a 
> BTRFS root partition (with transparent LZO compression enabled to 
> reduce read/write). In addition, I use a script to place certain 
> directories (mostly $HOME directories in my
> case) in a tmpfs partition (I just link them to /tmp) to decrease the 
> effect of USB writes on the system. My script syncs the tmpfs 
> directores to disk every 5 minutes. Since it's a full Arch Linux 
> system, it upgrades and evolves like any other Arch system.

That sounds amazing, and I want one :) If you have a fuller blog post somewhere, or that script is available, I'm interested.


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