[PC-BSD Testing] USB image identification

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Wed Jun 6 11:47:28 PDT 2012

On 06/05/2012 13:55, Curt Dox wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 12:43 PM, Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.org
> <mailto:kris at pcbsd.org>> wrote:
>     On 06/05/2012 13:35, Curt Dox wrote:
>>     Hello!
>>     I would like to know if there is already an easy way to discover
>>     the version/type of any particular USB stick after it has been
>>     burned but *without* needing to boot it.  Is there a readme file
>>     or some other sort of distinguishing feature that could be easily
>>     found that would indicate which USB image was burned?
>>     If such a thing does not exist, I would like to suggest a small
>>     readme/manifest file that would be in an easily reached location
>>     within each USB, right inside / if possible would be difficult to
>>     miss.
>>     Thanks!
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>     If you can mount the USB stick, you should see a "pcbsd-media"
>     file on it, which contains the version string.
>     -- 
>  I was unaware of that file. However, the stick in question is
> identified by that file as '9.0-BETA3' which for it is only a version
> number, and says nothing of whether it is the liveusb or boot-only or
> usbfull or what. Another usb stick is identified by that file as '9.0'.
> I would like to suggest adding the iso/img type: full, lite,
> boot-only, etc, and also add the architecture: i386 or amd64, unless
> we choose to be more precise with 32-bit vs 64-bit.
> Thank you!

Good idea! I've added a new "pcbsd-media-details" file, which will be on
every media type. It'll contain something like this:

"PC-BSD 9.0 amd64 LIVE DVD/USB - Wed Jun  6 14:46:35 EDT 2012"

That should be enough details to let us figure out what it is :)

Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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