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This page describes how to make a slitaz live usb stick.

From Windows

A SliTaz Live USB installation can be performed using:

<note warning> SliTaz with xorg-server and persistent /home requires a linux filesystem (ext2,ext3) for regular users to login to an X-session.

Fat32 or NTFS filesystems cause slim login manager error: Failed To Execute Login Command </note>

<note tip>Solution:
SliTaz runs in RAM so after booting it no longer needs the flash drive.
This enables you to reformat the flash drive to a linux filesystem and reinstall SliTaz.

  1. Copy the slitaz.iso to the root of the flash drive.
  2. Boot into SliTaz with the flash drive,login root, password: root
  3. Mount the flash drive,copy the slitaz.iso to /root
  4. Use From SliTaz instructions above to format the flash drive ext2, reinstall SliTaz using ISO file as install source.

<note warning>Tazusb.exe and Unetbootin do not work with any cooking.iso or slitaz-4.0.iso (core 4-in-1) .

They will work with slitaz-4.0-core.iso or another single rootfs.gz flavor found here.</note>

Remarks when using UNetbootin

You can find UNetbootin for Windows at this page. Note that you need to select SliTaz ISO from the Distribution list in unetbootin. To create a Live USB, select “USB Drive” under installation type. You can also choose to do a frugal install. To perform a Frugal Install, select “Hard Disk” under installation type.

Remarks when using TazUSB

The binary file TazUSB.exe is a Windows executable that installs an ISO file on a USB drive.

  • download TazUSB executable for Windows: tazusb.exe (the sources are available here tazusb.nsi)
  • plug in your USB drive and format it in FAT32 (formatting might not be required),
  • launch TazUSB application by double-clicking on TazUSB.exe executable file,
  • choose the language,
  • select the destination USB drive (double-check that the letter refers to the correct drive),
  • select the SliTaz iso

From Linux

From any Linux distro

* You can use unetbootin; download from here.

From Slitaz linux

Download > Burn > Boot a SliTaz ISO image

Verify the install target, format will delete everything.

$ su root
# fdisk -l
# tazusb format /dev/sdxx

LiveCD as install source

# tazusb gen-liveusb /dev/sdxx

Iso file as install source

# tazusb gen-iso2usb slitaz.iso /dev/sdxx

Note that the /dev/sdxx part of the command above specifies the location to where you need to write the iso's files to; it is not the source media where the iso is on ! With the iso file as install source option, you should hence specify the exact location where the slitaz iso source file is located. If it is located at /home/tux (while running slitaz from a non-live version), write “tazusb gen-iso2usb /home/tux/slitaz.iso /dev/sdxx”. If the source file is found on an external hard disk, mention the folder in which the media's files are outputted to -check this with PCManFM (in practice the folder can be something like /media/disk). So, the command you'd need to write with the latter would be something like “tazusb gen-iso2usb /media/disk/slitaz.iso /dev/sdxx”

Once done, wait… and then reboot!

SliTaz 4.0 kernel panic (not booting)

In Slitaz 4.0 the rootfs file is divided into 4 parts which is a problem with tazusb.exe and UNetbootin. For SliTaz to work with tazusb.exe and Unetbootin you must download the core flavor of SliTaz consisting of a single file rootfs.


See also

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en/guides/liveusb.txt · Last modified: 2014/11/14 14:37 by brianperry