[arch-releng] [PATCH] Allow using a USB device as read-write branch instead of tmpfs

Dieter Plaetinck dieter at plaetinck.be
Mon Aug 24 06:03:41 EDT 2009

On Mon, 24 Aug 2009 11:54:47 +0200
Thomas Bächler <thomas at archlinux.org> wrote:

> Dieter Plaetinck schrieb:
> > If this is the patch that enables you to make all your changes persistent on the usb stick, then I love this.
> > Maybe we could go further: do we even need unionning here at all?
> We need unioning to keep the image creation consistent with CDs and to 
> severely reduce the download size (remember that squashfs reduces the 
> size considerably).

- I don't see why it should be a goal to have it the same way as the CD.

- squashfs: just found out it cannot be RW. maybe there is a solution to have compression without unioning.
  the img's are 380 & 400 MB big.  I wonder how big they would be without compression. they probably still fit on 1GB usb sticks.  but yeah the download would be bigger.. good point.

> We could still offer an option in archiso to just create a filesystem 
> from the workdir instead of squashing and unioning - it has its uses.

which uses are you thinking of?


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