[SoaS] [SugarClone] -was Re: You scream, I scream, ...

Frederick Grose fgrose at gmail.com
Tue Jul 6 23:44:45 EDT 2010

On Thu, May 13, 2010 at 12:19 AM, Frederick Grose <fgrose at gmail.com> wrote:
> A minor update to Sugar Clone, a tool to clone a customized ...

Another small update is available for Sugar Clone, a tool to clone a
customized Sugar on a Stick installation onto another USB stick.

Available at:



1. Ignore empty USB device ports (that showed up on some USB device

2. Abstracted out script launching from the bundle-building script.

3. Show a leading zero for device storage capacities less than 1 GiB.

4. Some minor code simplification.

Test Usage:

1. Before booting the SoaS device that will be the source of the new
   Sugar Clone, copy the SugarClone script to the root, '/', folder at
   the base of the filesystem for the device, or, to /mnt/live (from
   the perspective of a running LiveOS image).

2. Boot the computer from the USB stick into SoaS, and insert, or have
   a second USB device inserted, into the computer.

3. In the Terminal Activity of that running SoaS image, enter the


If there is more than one USB/SD storage device available, a menu of
the devices will appear allowing you to select the target device.

The scripts will copy the currently running image to the target device. When
that device is booted, a new, Sugar Learner sign-in will be triggered.  The
previously customized Journal and operating system will be present on the
Sugar Clone.

On a running LiveOS image, the root folder of the USB/SD device is
available at the /mnt/live mount point.  The SugarClone script can be
obtained (assuming Internet connectivity) as follows:

1. In the Terminal Activity, change the working directory:

   cd /mnt/live

2. wget http://people.sugarlabs.org/fgrose/SugarClone

3. chmod +x SugarClone

at this point, you may simply execute


See http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_on_a_Stick/Sugar_Clone for
more information.


See http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/LiveOS_image for more information
on optimizing file storage for LiveOS images.  Information and
suggestions there may be particularly relevant for SoaS deployments
that want to use the stock LiveOS installation with greater capacity
for Activity storage with a longer lifetime for the write-once,
persistent overlay.

See also the http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Activities/Toaster project,
which aims to make a graphical Sugar Activity for cloning Sugar images.

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