SliTaz GNU/Linux official and community documentation wiki.
Translations of this page:

This page describes how to make a slitaz live usb stick.

From Windows

A SliTaz Live USB installation can be performed using:

SliTaz with xorg-server and persistent /home requires a linux filesystem (ext2,ext3) for regular users to login to an X-session.

Fat32 or NTFS filesystems cause slim login manager error: Failed To Execute Login Command

SliTaz runs in RAM so after booting it no longer needs the flash drive.
This enables you to reformat the flash drive to a linux filesystem and reinstall SliTaz.

  1. Copy the slitaz.iso to the root of the flash drive.
  2. Boot into SliTaz with the flash drive,login root, password: root
  3. Mount the flash drive,copy the slitaz.iso to /root
  4. Use From SliTaz instructions above to format the flash drive ext2, reinstall SliTaz using ISO file as install source.

Tazusb.exe and Unetbootin do not work with any cooking.iso, rolling.iso or slitaz-4.0.iso (core 4-in-1) .

They will work with slitaz-4.0-core.iso or another single rootfs.gz flavor found here.

Tazusb.exe does not work with any cooking.iso, rolling.iso or slitaz-5.0.iso.

The .iso file must be renamed to an .exe file, i.e.:

  • boot into windows,
  • download the latest slitaz-rolling.iso,
  • go to the downloaded file directory,
  • rename the file slitaz-rolling.iso to slitaz-rolling.exe,
  • double-click on the file slitaz-rolling.exe to run it,
  • follow the instructions given by the application (2-3 steps):
  • - Do you want to create a boot key: ⇒ answer yes,
  • - Step 1: unplug the USB stick,
  • - Step 2: plug the USB stick in and wait for Windows to mount it,
  • - wait for the confirmation window,
  • reboot,
  • press Fn key to choose alternative boot device, slitaz boot panel must be displayed,
  • - select the language,
  • - RETURN to boot.

Remarks when using UNetbootin

You can find UNetbootin for Windows at this page. Note that you need to select SliTaz ISO from the Distribution list in unetbootin. To create a Live USB, select “USB Drive” under installation type. You can also choose to do a frugal install. To perform a Frugal Install, select “Hard Disk” under installation type.

Remarks when using TazUSB

The binary file TazUSB.exe is a Windows executable that installs an ISO file on a USB drive.

  • download TazUSB executable for Windows: tazusb.exe (the sources are available here tazusb.nsi)
  • plug in your USB drive and format it in FAT32 (formatting might not be required),
  • launch TazUSB application by double-clicking on TazUSB.exe executable file,
  • choose the language,
  • select the destination USB drive (double-check that the letter refers to the correct drive),
  • select the SliTaz iso

From Linux

From any Linux distro

* You can use unetbootin; download from here.

From Slitaz linux

Download > Burn > Boot a SliTaz ISO image

Verify the install target, format will delete everything.

$ su root
# fdisk -l
# tazusb format /dev/sdxx

LiveCD as install source

# tazusb gen-liveusb /dev/sdxx

Iso file as install source

# tazusb gen-iso2usb slitaz.iso /dev/sdxx

Note that the /dev/sdxx part of the command above specifies the location to where you need to write the iso's files to; it is not the source media where the iso is on ! With the iso file as install source option, you should hence specify the exact location where the slitaz iso source file is located. If it is located at /home/tux (while running slitaz from a non-live version), write “tazusb gen-iso2usb /home/tux/slitaz.iso /dev/sdxx”. If the source file is found on an external hard disk, mention the folder in which the media's files are outputted to - check this with PCManFM (in practice the folder can be something like /media/disk). So, the command you'd need to write with the latter would be something like “tazusb gen-iso2usb /media/disk/slitaz.iso /dev/sdxx”

Once done, wait… and then reboot!

SliTaz 4.0 kernel panic (not booting)

In Slitaz 4.0 the rootfs file is divided into 4 parts which is a problem with tazusb.exe and UNetbootin. For SliTaz to work with tazusb.exe and Unetbootin you must download the core flavor of SliTaz consisting of a single file rootfs.


See also

Page Review Section
Quality Good
Review Minor Updates
Priority Medium
Problems add a forum post link
OR add a lab issue tracker link
How to Improve Give more details on using multiboot programs like YUMI, Multisystem, …
What about if using drive greater that 3GB?

en/guides/liveusb.txt · Last modified: 2017/02/01 20:08 by linea