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How to access ALL Debian packages from LinuxCollections.com's Debian Complete Collection on USB
written June 4, 2020 by Time Traveler
Category: SupportNote Tags: mountusb, ISO, Debian Packages, Debian USB Complete Collection    #24
 

There are notes within the menu system when you boot the USB that talks about the mountusb.sh script. This quick blog post provides this info with some additional notes...

Note: The menu options are in menu form, but they are text only. All descriptive menu "entries" are just that, descriptive - they do NOT perform the actions they talk about - that is left up to you! This is indicated in the menus:

Note: These are inactive menu entries, only to provide textual information
via the GRUB menu system (use Esc key to exit / return to Main Menu)
Entries marked with ==> will show more info

==> Notes on using all ISOs from USB (After install)
After install, to mount all 16 isos and make all packages available
Do the following steps:
1) insert USB, and mount USB_Boot (largest 100+ GiB) partition
2) Open terminal as superuser (root)
3) change to the /path/to/usb/boot/mountusb folder
e.g. cd /media/user/USB_Boot/boot/mountusb folder
4) Run ./mountusb.sh

Note: You can see this sequence on the Debian 10 install video starting at 4:25. It starts with trying to install vim and tofrodos (which fail), then the mount process, and then, after all packages available in the /etc/apt/sources.list, voila, these packages are installed!

So you will want to open a terminal, make sure you are root:

You can use su: ~/$su[Enter]
Enter your password (for the root user):
Password:******[Enter]
If you use whoami[Enter], the name displayed will be "root"
Now change to mountusb folder, typically /media/[username]/USB_Boot/boot/mountusb, e.g.
#cd /media/cooldude/USB_Boot/boot/mountusb[Enter]
Then run ./mountusb.sh
#./mountusb.sh[Enter]

You can refer to script mountusb.sh for all the details - creates folders and mounts ISOs based on USB structure. Note that if you move the ISO files to your hard drive, you will need to change locations for mounts.

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