Create an OpenSolaris 2008.11 LiveUSB

T’other day I won an IBM X32 on eBay (more on that tomorrow).  I want to install OpenSolaris on the laptop, but it doesn’t have an optical drive…

I set about looking for a solution.  Unfortunately, Googling around didn’t throw up anything to begin with :(  So I thought I’d record my steps as a walkthrough.

First of all, I installed the distribution constructor:

# pkg install SUNWdistro-const

Next I cd’d to the directory they had been installed to:

# cd /usr/bin

And ran the following command:

./usbgen /var/tmp/osol-0811.iso /var/tmp/os0811.usb /var/tmp /dev/rlofi/3:   1689000 sectors in 2815 cylinders of 1 tracks, 600 sectors 824.7MB in 176 cyl groups (16 c/g, 4.69MB/g, 2240 i/g) super-block backups (for fsck -F ufs -o b=#) at: 32, 9632, 19232, 28832, 38432, 48032, 57632, 67232, 76832, 86432, 1593632, 1603232, 1612832, 1622432, 1632032, 1641632, 1651232, 1660832, 1670432, 1680032 Copying ISO contents to USB image... .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. ............................. 1407024 blocks === ./usbgen completed at Mon Jan 19 00:25:49 GMT 2009

Lastly:

# ./usbcopy /var/tmp/os0811.usb Found the following USB devices: 0:      /dev/rdsk/c9t0d0p0      15.5 GB USB DISK 2.0     PMAP Enter the number of your choice: WARNING: All data on your USB storage will be lost. Are you sure you want to install to USB DISK 2.0 PMAP, 15500 MB at /dev/rdsk/c9t0d0p0 [ w  (y/n) y Copying and verifying image to USB device Finished 824 MB in 316 seconds (2.6MB/s) 0 block(s) re-written due to verification failure Installing grub to USB device /dev/rdsk/c9t0d0s0 Completed copy to USB

And that’s it!  Should be done.  Will report back tomorrow with how the install went.


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