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Re: Rivendell curiosity
To: CRTech <crtech@crtech.org>
Subject: Re: Rivendell curiosity
From: Sherrod Munday <smunday@ieee.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:25:22 -0400
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On Oct 10, 2017, at 10:42, dave allen <crtech-mail@reyware.us> wrote:
> whoa. time out. i've used https://www.pendrivelinux.com/ lots of times with lots of linux distros to boot and/or install linux from usb drive. no messing around. just do it and run it.

I'm aware of a variety of tools (for Windows, Linux, Mac etc.) to create bootable USBs from ISOs intended to be burned to CD/DVDs.  They'll work great if all you're doing is installing a "vanilla" Linux distro.

The trick in Rivendell's case is that the Appliance disc assumes a few things:
a) It will have exclusive use of the hard drive -- no options to dual boot or install to a particular partition are offered during the installation.
b) It uses a kickstart file to run a set of post-OS-installation scripts [to add a repository for Rivendell, install the Rivendell software, create specific users, etc.].  The location of the kickstart file changes when it's not running from /dev/sr0 (the Linux default CD/DVD drive path) and as far as I know, ISO->USB converters don't know to:
    i.)  Edit the pre-boot command-line options to point to a different installation software repository location
    ii.) Open up config & kickstart files and edit them appropriately to point to the appropriate /dev/sd[ab/etc.] devices instead.

The point here is that Fred created the Rivendell Appliance DVD ISO for a specific purpose and designed it to run in a specific manner and accomplish a specific set of post-installation tasks. USB burners (designed to convert ISOs) don't know all those details and cannot remap paths as necessary for the scripts to work correctly.

If you don't believe me, just go grab a copy of the Rivendell Appliance ISO from http://www.paravelsystems.com/rivendell-broadcast-appliance/ and try converting it to a USB flash drive with your favorite tool, then find out if you end up with a functioning Rivendell installation after booting from the USB drive on a 64-bit computer on which you want Rivendell installed.

If it works, then by all means please share with the community the specific tool that does this specific job.  Thus far, nobody has posted that they've had success on the Rivendell email listserv, yet there are quite a few folks who have inquired if it's possible. 

Sherrod Munday

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