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Month: November 2017

Re: [Users] making a bootable usb stick

From: Leslie Turriff <jlturriff@...>
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:26:28 -0600
On 2017-11-13 17:00:26 dep wrote:
> what ought to be a simple task has turned into a huge headache.
> the idea of a cool linux tablet being postponed, i thought i'd maybe update
> an old acer aspire one netbook i had in a closet. it was last booted, to
> kubuntu running a 2.6 kernel and kde-3.5.10, sometime in 2010. in that it
> has a 1.6 mHz chip and a gig of memory on a 120-gig drive, it seemed a
> good machine for a Q4OS experiment. (the experiment part being whether i
> can keep my kde settings -- i have never enjoyed reconfiguring.)
> so i d/led the .iso for the current stable Q4OS, no problem. it's getting
> it onto a USB stick that's killing me.
> reason is, when i insert the USB drive, it automounts and refuses to
> unmount, and one apparently cannot make a bootable disk onto a mounted
> drive.
> i've tried a couple of programs in hope of burning the bootable stick --
> the ubuntu startup disk creator and something called unetbootin. they both
> blow up, apparently because the stick is mounted. the little icon for the
> usb stick that appears at the top left of my monitor has the green line
> saying it's mounted. i right click and click "unmount" and either nothing
> happens or the green line disappears only to reappear soon thereafter. and
> if i try to umount it, i'm told it's busy.
> in my younger days one or more pieces of equipment would by now have flown
> across the room and smashed into the far wall, but i'm older and calmer
> now. so it is merely driving me insane. there's got to be a way to get the
> image onto the usb drive and make it bootable, but i'm damned if i can
> find it, with automount confounding me at every turn.
> (i'm not interested in turning off automount forever -- i'm a photographer
> and not having to manually mount sd cards is a wonderful thing.)
> anybody here have any ideas?

	Use lsof (list open files) to see what's making it busy, then umount?