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How to do a frugal install with no savefile
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PostPosted: Wed 20 Nov 2013, 17:52    Post subject:  How to do a frugal install with no savefile  

Lots of people recommend a live CD boot for secure online banking and shopping. I wanted a frugal install to HD with the same advantages: no savefile and no drives mounted after startup. There are many threads about running w/o savefile, but I couldn't find complete instructions for what I wanted to do. With help from MochiMoppel, Pemasu and jrb, among others, I got it to work, based on Lucid 528.

There must be a better way! If this seems like a good idea, I hope someone will come up with a better set of instructions. In the meantime, maybe this is useful.

Here are the steps I followed:
1) Run Lucid and set up networking, firewall, password manager. Set browser to stealth mode & run as spot if desired. Add any other customizations such as printer/scanner drivers. Install pupsaveconfig.pet from http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=60678 Shut down w/save
2) Reboot with pmedia=ataflash
3) Pupsaveconfig: set save interval -0 (never)
Change /usr/sbin/countrywizard.qs by adding "exit" as line 2. --one way to skip startup wizard!
Rename /usr/sbin/save2flash to save2flashx. --avoid accidental saves & desktop save icon
Comment out entire VERSION UPDATE section of /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit (lines 200-212) --boots faster
Save by typing save2flashx in console.
4) Reboot. Add script in /root/Startup: "umount /dev/sda3"
5) Remaster. During remaster, I copied my entire /root to /tmp/root when prompted and selected to customize /etc. I declined to make iso file.
6) Manual frugal install to directory /sda3/BANK. Grub kernel line has "psubdir=BANK pmedia=ataflash".

OK, this is pretty tedious, but it does boot up with no drives mounted and closes without saving.

Finally, for convenience, I extracted the custom lupu_528.sfs to a directory. To make changes, I edit files, then dir2sfs.

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