Creating an OpenSolaris LiveUSB

Creating a bootable OpenSolaris LiveUSB might prove useful in some situations, for example when installing OpenSolaris on machines without a CD/DVD drive. First, download the OpenSolaris LiveCD image.

Next, install SUNWdistro-const:

$ pfexec pkg install SUNWdistro-const

Generate a USB image from the contents of the LiveCD image:

$ pfexec usbgen osol-0906-x86.iso osol-0906-x86-usb.img /var/tmp/solaris

Dump the USB image into the USB device, but first make sure the USB device is not already mounted (for example, automatically mounted by GNOME):

$ pfexec usbcopy osol-0906-x86-usb.img
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