The Utilities Thread. Post your favorite utilities, tips, and advice/help with utilities

Figured I would start this after previous discussions over file managers and other stuff.

I am having an issue with Mintstick in AL. I can format sticks without issue, but to write them in USB Image Writer, it recognizes the stick and ISO, but the write function doesn’t start and the applet or button is greyed out. I wound up installing Etcher aack!, and I like to use a GUI app for this, so any other suggestions or fixes would be appreciated.

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I’ve got a small script for usb flashing that uses dd and has always worked for me.
https://bitbucket.org/natemaia/dotfiles/raw/6ea4b82e9267bbec26ae7e14f0d448054f936c7c/configs/home/nate/bin/flash

flash /path/to/image.iso

It will prompt with a list of devices unless there is only one, then it will be selected automatically. There’s a bit of safety built in as well, it will only use usb devices smaller than 64GB to avoid ever dd’ing main drives.

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Try to use Arch wiki as a reference. It’s always a good resource (if not the best) to use. Personally, I prefer “dd” from cmd line. It never fails.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/USB_flash_installation_medium

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Use the same.

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Let me throw in a word for Ventoy.

I use this everyday. I have a thumb stick with utilities on it; super_grub2-disk, gparted, rescuezilla, clonezilla, MX Workbench, etc. My distrohop thumb drive currently looks like:

Works for ~95% of ISOs.

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Yes another one for Ventoy. When my last USB stick finally gave up on me I started using Ventoy on a WD Passport. The good thing is you can still use it like you do, as a ‘normal’ USB device with additional tools and files on it.

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Thanks for all the tips! I use the MX Live USB Maker while booted in that distro, Minstick has worked without fail in the past. I like to try out other methods and applications, so I will check all these out and post results when I do.

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I too just use dd though I quadruple check I am writing to the correct drive before hitting enter.

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Gnome Disk Utility as defacto. Thousands, plus always just one more … attempt at disto hoppin’ has that affect I suppose.
:hole:

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Ahhhha yes the Daily DUH! command.

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That I like ;

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I’d like to be able to boot from one of my many old lappy drives that I cannibalized and boot that from USB using rEFInd, then slice that up for multi boot, install rEFind on that, so when I boot into rEFInd, I can then then boot into another rEFInd lulz.

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Sounds like a reasonably common use case to me :rofl:

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Says the guy who boots into a new distro almost every other day. :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

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Hahahahaha point well taken! :sunglasses:

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A dual pane FM is tried a few times before that is based on this:

https://farmanager.com/screenshots.php?l=en

https://farmanager.com/index.php?l=en

I think I may have tried the Windows version of it (been years since I have used Winblows), for us that use MC, the interface is similar, and key driven as well. The Linux fork of it is in the AUR, here is the git page of far2l:

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Yes, on Windoze… I will have a look at it over the weekend, thanks, nice tip!

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I should have posted a lot of stuff I’ve posted lately here.

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I created the topic as a sort of “one stop shopping”. Plus I get tired of the prompt “do you want to revive this old ass thread” or whatever when I do a search for something that may have already been posted a year or more ago and post a question about it. I don’t want to spam up the forum with new topics over individual utility posts, it’s also a good way to funnel eyes that are new here into a topic such as this one.

Edit: individual topics over distros, that’s different, the discussion is better when it’s focused on a particular distro.

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