Official Debian port with FSO

Aaron Sowry aaron at
Mon Aug 18 15:00:45 CEST 2008

> Well I have no SD-Reader so I try to do it by ssh with:
>  ssh root at 'cd ; tar czvf - *' | cat > debian_image.tar.gz
> I dunno if this works they way you want it but I'll upload it if it's ready and you can test it.
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I don't think (correct me if I'm wrong, can't say I've used tar like 
that before) that will give you a true image, i.e. including partition 
tables and such. You could use 'dd' along the following lines in your 
SSH command:

dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 of=debian_image.iso bs=512

The resulting ISO should compress down a reasonable amount (especially 
if the Debian install doesn't consume all of the SD card, not sure how 
much it takes up as I haven't tried it) for downloading over the 
internet, the only problem is that you'd need to use an image taken from 
the same sized card as the one you're flashing it to.


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