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MX Linux Users Manual


HELP: Live remaster/persistence (RemasterCC)


REMASTER
WARNING: for use in a Live session only!
Requirements
Typically you will be using a LiveUSB as your target system for your customized version of MX Linux. (If you are using a LiveHD then you will need to create a LiveUSB or a LiveCD from the LiveHD in order to install elsewhere.)
There are three simple and straightforward system requirements that are needed to perform live remastering:
Although optional, persistent home or a persistent root can be useful if you are doing remastering. For details, see Persistence, below.
Step by step
After you have made all the changes you want in a Live session of MX Linux, click Start menu > System > RemasterCC and enter the root password. The persistence/remaster tool opens with 4 buttons.
Work your way carefully through the remaster list, from top to bottom, following the directions that lead you through the process.
PERSISTENCE
WARNING: for use in a Live session only!
Persistence is a hybrid between a LiveMedium and a full install; it allows you to retain any files you install or add during a live session.
Step-by-step
The persistence files (rootfs and homefs) are straightforward to create once you know the trick. You just need to decide how large you want to make the file and what file system to use. If you have a lot of free space on the device (many GB) then a size of 1 GB is a good choice although you can get by with much less. We suggest using the ext3 file system, but you can also use ext2 or ext4.
There are many options available, so here is one good method to get you started that only uses the top button.
  1. Make a LiveUSB (Section 2.2.3)
  2. Click Start menu > MX Tools > Persistence/Remaster. The same tool that is used for remastering pops up, since the beginning steps are identical.
  3. Click on the top button Set up Live Persistence.
  4. Create persistence files (only needed if UNetbootin was used to make the LiveUSB).
  5. Reboot and select Root Persistence from main bootloader menu.
  6. Enter new passwords.
  7. Now whenever you log out, you will be prompted to save the changes you have made during your session, and they will be retained (persist) for the next session.
NOTES
Step 1: If you are already running an installed version of MX-14, use the antix2usb application by clicking Start menu > MX Tools > Create Live USB. This is the easiest way to go since you simply check the boxes in the lower right corner to create the persistence files.
Step 3: If unsure about what choices to make, use the action pull-down menu and select first Root: Create Root Persistence (recommended: ext2 and 1 GB). When that has finished, then select Home: Create Home Persistence (recommended ext4 and enough memory for what you intend to use it for). For home persistence, the homefs persistence file is mounted at /home. Any changes made to files under /home are (nearly) instantly stored on homefs file system. It is good if you want to save settings (such as bookmarks or changes to your desktop) but it does not save changes made to the system such as installing packages.
Step 4: You will be prompted for a new root and user password; this is needed because the LiveUSB passwords are public knowledge.
The tool: details
The easiest method to set up persistence is to just use the first button, as described above. The tool has, however, two optional buttons (bolded below) that can be used for persistence.
Dynamic and static root persistence

License: here.

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