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Date:      Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:24:19 +0200
From:      Matthias Apitz <>
Subject:   Re: Using the ISO releases on USB sticks.
Message-ID:  <20140914192419.GA1559@tiny-r269739>
In-Reply-To: <lv4oa8$md4$>
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El día Sunday, September 14, 2014 a las 02:55:04PM -0400, Michael Powell escribió:

> Warren Block wrote:
> > On Sun, 14 Sep 2014, atar wrote:
> > 
> >> Just wanted to know please why does the command 'dd
> >> if=FreeBSD-i386-disc1.iso of=myUSB-stick' doesn't make the USB stick
> >> bootable like it would does for CDROMs or DVDs? What's the difference
> >> between CDROM and an USB?

I always test new versions of FreeBSD on USB keys, right now while
typing I run a 11-CURRENT with KDE ... and mutt as MUA booted from an USB
key, while the disk in the laptop has still an older FreeBSD.

The procedure to creat a boot-able USB key is simple:

- make a file system on it 
- mount it to /mnt
- do 'make installkernel' and 'make installworld' with DESTDIR=/mnt
- enrich the file system in /mnt with some stuff (for example install
  packages into it with 'chroot /mnt pkg install ...')
- unmount and reboot

even better, if you do not use an USB key directly, but do all the above
to a mdconfig file system (a file system in a normal plain file) and
copy later the result with dd(1) to the real USB key;

let me know if you need a detailed procedure of it.



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