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    Question Knoppix 7.2 vfat usb flashdrive and pipelight for Netflix

    Hello, I've recently found myself needing to PC hop lately, so since knoppix was my very fist linux distro many years ago I thought it would be the perfect way for me to have a personalized linux experience in my pocket that could boot on most pc hardware which is important since I often don't know what pc I'll be booting onto.

    I did a usb flash install from the live knoppix dvd, and had my knoppix installation ready to go on my flash drive. After installing knoppix to the drive I began the process of customizing it by installing my favorite applications, one of which is pipelight, the tool that lets linux users have silverlight in the browser which I personally use for netflix.

    Netflix would load it's silverlight application without a problem, but it kept giving me an error code, and after some research I found it was because knoppix installed itself to the flash drive in a vfat partition , and vfat doesn't support "Extended File Attributes" (xattr), which apparently is something you need to play nicely with netflix.

    Is there a way to do the knoppix flash drive install with a file system other than vfat? It appears ext3/4 and even ext2 would give me the xattr support netflix requires. Any insight and help that could be provided would be greatly appreciated.

    Below is the link to the launchpad thread that clued me into the vfat / fat32 xattr limitation: https://bugs.launchpad.net/pipelight/+bug/1216332
    Last edited by Werner P. Schulz; 12-24-2013 at 09:58 PM. Reason: fomatted by mod

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    Perhaps Flash disk install and using additional overlay partition instead of overlay file may help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Werner P. Schulz View Post
    Perhaps Flash disk install and using additional overlay partition instead of overlay file may help you.
    Unfortunately this didn't help either.

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    Hi Vontux, have you looked here? http://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Netflix/Pipelight

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    If nothing previous works, you might investigate this:
    http://jarijokinen.com/debian-pipelight
    HTH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vontux View Post
    Unfortunately this didn't help either.
    I am surprised that Werner's suggestion, a reiserfs approach separate partition
    for additions to the initial system, didn't solve your problem.

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