On 10/17/2016 10:22 AM, Brian wrote:
On Mon 17 Oct 2016 at 09:40:31 -0500, Richard Owlett wrote:

If some of this sounds familiar, I have asked related questions in the past.
[I do have copies of previous posts&replies for reference.
  I've re-read most but may have missed reading some due to how I sorted
I think I can give a better description of what I wish to accomplish.
The laptop I used for previous experiment is now classed as unreliable,
which may have been cause of some previous problems. I have a healthy
desktop machine now.

Due to limited bandwidth *EVERYTHING SHALL* be done from a physical set of
purchased DVD's [Jessie 8.6].

I explicitly want a flash drive that functions as an install medium.
I DO NOT wish to install to the flash drive (one person called that 'Debian
to Go']
It shall be bootable
It shall be able to install Debian on any machine which can boot from a USB
It shall have a repository equivalent to the contents on all 13 DVD's.
It shall have multiple multiple editable preseed.cfg files.


looks to be right up your street and capable of adapting to your needs.

I'd seen it and caused me to think what I wanted might be reasonable.
I tried to follow it but got tangled up. Perhaps should try again after a good night's sleep.

I envision a file structure of
        /alpha          optional partition for GRUB or LILO
        /beta           bootable installer - essentially DVD 1 of 13
        /gamma          repository - contents of DVD 2 -> DVD 13
        /delta          collection of preseed.cfg files

That too looks like it could be accomodated but the need to partition
isn't necessary.

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