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0005651Kali Linux[All Projects] Feature Requestspublic2020-02-10 17:37
ReporterKalypso Assigned To 
Status closedResolutionopen 
Product Version2019.2 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0005651: Booting Kali from USB on Rpi 3B+ does not work
DescriptionTrying to boot the Kali Arm img on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ without an SD card does not work. Changing the cmdline.txt to point root at /dev/sda2/ gets past the crng init but from there on, Kali starts a job for the SD card, causing it to drop into emergency mode when none is found.

It would be pretty cool if Kali could be booted from USB alone.
Steps To ReproduceFlash the latest Kali Arm to a USB stick, insert into Rpi 3B+ and watch.



2019-08-22 23:31

developer   ~0010924

Did you also modify the /etc/fstab file to point to /dev/sda2? Quite likely that's the culprit. You could also set it to boot based off of UUIDs.

It would be nice to add this in, but I don't have a spare rpi3 to blow the fuse on at the moment, so it's untested by myself.


2019-08-22 23:34

developer   ~0010925

Another thought... the resize filesystem service may not be reading it correctly as well, so if you've created the usb partitions yourself, and extended it as far as it can go already, you will want to make sure that the rpiwiggle service isn't enabled - you should be able to rm the symlink that is in (going from memory so this may be wrong path) /etc/systemd/system/ so that it doesn't attempt to resize the partition.


2019-08-23 13:05

reporter   ~0010930

Pointing fstab in the right direction did the trick. Thank you for your help.


2020-02-10 17:37

administrator   ~0012095

Due to the age of the OS (Kali Moto [v1], Kali Safi [v2], Kali Rolling <= 2019.2), these legacy versions are no longer supported.
We will be closing this ticket due to inactivity.

Please could you see if you are able to replicate this issue with the latest version of Kali Linux -

If you are still facing the same problem, feel free to re-open the ticket. If you choose to do this, could you provide more information to the issue you are facing, and also give information about your setup?
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Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2019-08-22 20:58 Kalypso New Issue
2019-08-22 23:31 steev Note Added: 0010924
2019-08-22 23:34 steev Note Added: 0010925
2019-08-23 13:05 Kalypso Note Added: 0010930
2020-02-10 17:37 g0tmi1k Note Added: 0012095
2020-02-10 17:37 g0tmi1k Status new => closed