Many distros also allow persistent overlays on the Live USB images. I know
Fedora does, at least. The overlay works as a way to make permanent changes
to the Live USB, but is limited by the size of the overlay partition.

On Fri, Dec 25, 2020 at 9:10 AM Brian Wall <kc0iog at> wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 2:34 PM Brian Wood <woodbrian77 at> wrote:
>> Shalom
>> I haven't used live USBs much so this may be an
>> easy question to answer.  I've been running Linux Mint
>> from a USB stick.  It works fine, but each time I use it
>> I have to get some packages (git, C++ compiler, etc.)
>> again.  I get the packages with apt-get install ...
>> Is there a way to get the packages to last from one boot
>> to the next?  Tia
> Brian,
> I did something like this once with Ubuntu.  Instead of using apt (which
> grabs the latest packages and its dependencies) I just grabbed the .deb
> files that matched the running version of the live OS.  Then I just put
> together a shell script to install them in the proper order.  If you want
> to update after that you can, but you'll be updating a LOT of packages as a
> live distro gets quite stale.
> But... why would you?  What's your motivation for running a live system
> full time?
> Brian
> _______________________________________________
> TCLUG Mailing List - Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
> tclug-list at

Jeff Chapin
President, CedarLug, retired
President, UNIPC, "I'll get around to it"
President, UNI Scuba Club
Senator, NISG, retired
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <>