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Splitting Debian packages onto different disks on a package by package basis is difficult. There's no support for that; you'd have to invoke dpkg separately on the packages that you want to install in a non-default location. Putting a directory tree onto a separate disk is easy. Fortunately for you, as far as I can tell from a quick perusal, the Sage ...


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This is an interesting question. Let us discuss a few ways this could be attempted. Method#1 : Manipulating location during apt-get installation Using apt-get, it would not be possible to do so. If you're installing using .deb files, again it is not possible. The reason is simply that the location for installation is hard-coded into these packages. To ...


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The key to such kind of installations is to install the bootloader in the external hard-disk during the installation process. During installation, you should see some option asking you the installation location for the bootloader. Just choose the external hard-disk (sdb, sdc etc.) for this. After this is done, and with correct BIOS settings, it should ...


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Will it show a Linux option at the start time ? It depends on your BIOS settings. It might boot off the external disk by default, otherwise you'd have to go into the BIOS settings and change the boot order. It depends on your specific BIOS how to do this, but it's generally pretty self-evident. Will it only boot on the PC through which I have ...


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Hm, that's cool. I didn't know dmsetup could do that. :) My only answer would be to suspend/hibernate the machine, pull out the flash drive and do your manipulating somewhere else, then put the flash drive back in before resuming the system. Unfortunately, the filesystem on the device is likely to be corrupted by doing anything like this. Perhaps if all ...


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You could mount your hot-pluggable file systems sync. The following U+L question gives a few more details: Difference between 'sync' and 'async' mount options. (Note however a possibly serious drawback highlighted by Gilles in a comment in this SU answer from 2010: Should I unmount a USB drive before unplugging it?; this could be bad, at ...



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