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Does anyone experiment Netrunner 17.10 with persistent using easy2boot MNU?

Hi everyone,

I’m using Netrunner with live-usb multiboot. Easy2boot seems to be the best way and the best compromise.

Sadly, I don’t find any way to boot it with persistent :huh:

I’ve followed howto :
Linux+Persistence (ext3\4)
Linux+Persistence using a .mnu file

The debian MNU file isn’t more efficient, here a copy :

[code]Place this .mnu file and the Debian Live ISO in (_ISO\xxx\MNU), e.g. _ISOMAINMENU\MNU or _ISO\LINUX\MNU

IMPORTANT: you MUST run WinContig (Ctrl+F2) before booting E2B.

For persistence: (File Name=debian-rw Volume Name=persistence)

1. click ‘Create ext2 FS’ in RMPrepUSB

2. Set the FILENAME to: debian-rw

3. Set the VOLUME LABEL to: persistence <------ VERY IMPORTANT

4. Set amount of space you would like allowed to persist (4GB+)

#The persistence ‘volume’ needs a persistence.conf file added

Boot to linux and then type following 5 lines in the terminal console (Applications - System Tools - Mate terminal)

sudo mkdir /mnt/usb

ls /dev/ (to see which is the USB device 3rd ptn - it will always be sd(something)3 - try also sudo fdisk -l)

sudo mount /dev/sdb3 /mnt/usb

echo “/ union” > /mnt/usb/persistence.conf

umount /mnt/usb

now reboot to linux using .mnu file

iftitle [if exist $HOME$/netrunner-1710-64bit.iso] netrunner-1710-64bit.iso PERSISTENT\nBoot using .mnu file with persistence

set ISO=$HOME$/netrunner-1710-64bit.iso
set PF=/netrunner-rw

if “%E2BDEV%”=="" set E2BDEV=hd0 && pause E2BDEV forced to hd0!
if exist CD echo WARNING: Cannot use partnew command! && pause && configfile (bd)/menu.lst
#enable parttype output
debug 1

make empty table entry in 3rd position in ptn table

parttype (%E2BDEV%,2) | set check=
debug off
set check=%check:~-5,4%
if “%check%”==“0x00” partnew (%E2BDEV%,2) 0 0 0
if not “%check%”==“0x00” echo WARNING: PTN TABLE 3 IS ALREADY IN USE - PERSISTENCE MAY NOT WORK! && pause
debug 1
if not exist %PF% echo WARNING: %PF% persistence file not found! && pause
errorcheck off
if “%check%”==“0x00” partnew (%E2BDEV%,2) 0x0 %PF%
errorcheck on
#map ptn 4 to ISO
partnew (%E2BDEV%,3) 0x0 %ISO%
map %ISO% (0xff)
map --hook
root (0xff)

#live-config for auto login?

#Different versions may require changes - look inside ISO file at /isolinux/menu.cfg file

kernel /live/vmlinuz boot=live persistence hostname=live-pc username=live live-config.user-default-groups=sambashare,cdrom,floppy,audio,dip,video,plugdev,netdev,lpadmin,scanner,bluetooth,adm quiet splash
initrd /live/initrd.img

taken from lines in menu.cfg…

linux /live/vmlinuz-4.9.0-3-amd64

APPEND initrd=/live/initrd.img-4.9.0-3-amd64 boot=live components


Nothing work, persistent is not connected and I’ve not error too and so any trace to find solution.

Does somebody successfully boot live-usb with persistent from easy2boot’s MNU ?


I thibk the easiest way would be adding a partition as file (using dd) and putting it on the FAT32 part of the live usb stick with the name live-rw. Make sure that this file formatted with ext or something else which is supported by the kernel and supports file attributes like linux needs it.
This file needs to be placed in the root folder of the live usb stick to be picked up by the persitence boot option.

Well, I’ve tried but this doesn’t work. I need to check by disabling Easy2Boot persistent option :stuck_out_tongue: