[CentOS] Centos on a Flash drive and Micro drive

Johnny Hughes johnny at centos.org
Sun Jul 15 12:28:39 UTC 2007

Robert Moskowitz wrote:
> I am considering putting together a 'micro server' that I can easily
> travel with.  I am seriously considering the decTOP, as at $99 (plus the
> cost of a 256MB SIMM) is amazingly priced.
> But I want to run on batteries, so trash a real hard drive.  I have a
> couple of IDE to Compact flash adapters that support 2 flash cards.  So
> I was considering a 4Gb (or even 2Gb) cheap real fash card for the OS
> and a 4 or 8 Gb micro drive (I have a 4Gb sitting in a drawer gathering
> dust got to figure out how to fix its paritions that I messed up).
> So I was thinking to put the more static parts of the OS on the flash
> card and the not static parts on the micro drive.
> Obviously the Swap partition, /home, and /var/log go onto the micro
> drive.  What else?  /tmp?
> Are /dev and /proc real things on disk or only pointers to the various
> devices?
> And then how do I put all these directory trees on the micro drive.  I
> currently use a LVM partition for my /home on my notebook, but this is a
> lot more.  Do I do Symbolic links?  Or what.  Are there any howtos?  I
> have not found anything to help me so far.
> Probably got at least a week to figure this out.  Obviously I don't have
> the system right now.  And monday it is off to San Fran for the IEEE 802
> meeting... (and the following week IETF in Chicago, family gets really
> upset when I have these 'back-to-back' conferences).

The major issue with that box is processor power and usb speed (it is
not USB 2).  I do not have an alternative that can be used in that way,
and so it may be OK so long as you know what you are getting.

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