[SoaS] Problem with Mirabelle and USB Boot

Sebastian Dziallas sebastian at when.com
Mon Jun 28 11:55:01 EDT 2010

On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 4:54 PM, Marc Karasek <marckarasek at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am trying to put together some sticks for shipping to Uganda.
> I am using the latest usb creater and image (Mirabelle Fedora13)
> I followed the instructions, but when I tested the sticks on a notebook,
> I got the error:
> no root device found
> sleeping forever
> In following a few google links, this seems to be lined to the root= and
> overlay= options on the kernel cmd line.
> I looked at what the default was and it had a UUID# in both of these
> places.
> I named the stick FEDORA (I remembered this used to be part of the
> instructions in the past), changed the cmd line to
> root=LABEL=FEDORA and overlay=LABEL=FEDORA and it worked.
> The problem is I need to make this foolproof, I do not need them to be
> having to edit cmd lines each time they boot.  (The place it is going
> they have never seen a computer, so it has to be foolproof).
> Should I just change the name of the USB stick to match the UUID# or is
> this a bug in the image?
> Marc

Hi Marc,

thanks for your email and welcome to the list! :)

There should be a syslinux directory on the usb key when you plug it
into a machine (and don't boot from it, that is). Inside of that
directory, there's a file called syslinux.cfg which contains all the
arguments applied at boot. You should be able to make the change
there, which will persist then.

Let us know how it goes!


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