Can I boot the LiveCD from an external USB drive partition ?

  • I use multiple linux live CD distros, bootable from an exernal USB drive.
    Each has it's own logical partition, and using 'extlinux' from the syslinux
    project, I can boot any LiveCD off the drive. Nice for testing and demos.

    Regarding PFSense;
    Is it possible to copy the LiveCD to an external usb drive's logical partition
    and use syslinux/extlinux bootloader to boot the LiveCD ?

    I couldn't find an 'initrd' or boot options to pass to the kernel on the PFSense Live CD.

    This is a typical extlinux.conf entry;

    DEFAULT /casper/vmlinuz
    GFXBOOT bootlogo
    APPEND  file=/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.gz quiet splash –
    LABEL live
      menu label ^Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer
      kernel /casper/vmlinuz
      append  file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.gz quiet splash --


  • Can the pfsense LiveCD be extracted to a fat32/ext2 logical partition and
    be made bootable, either with 'GRUB' or 'SYSLINUX' ?

    Thank you.  :)

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