Activities won't auto-install from USB "bundles" folder onto 11.3.0?

Holt holt at
Thu Nov 10 13:00:04 EST 2011

FYI in this partic case, customization sticks fail even on 
standard/secured G1G1 units (i.e. XO-1s without developer keys) as much 
as a third of the time.  Sometimes rebooting and retrying actually 
works, for reasons unclear.  Perhaps 1 in 6 secured G1G1 units will not 
accept customization sticks at all (in our experience, "no matter which 
USB brand / USB port") and so Activitiies need to be installed manually.

On 11/10/2011 11:51 AM, Jerry Vonau wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-11-09 at 20:40 -0500, Kevin Gordon wrote:
>> Here's an old thread of a convo I had in Feb.  Maybe it will help?
>> Message: 5
>> Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:20:59 -0500
>> From: Kevin Gordon<kgordon420 at>
>> Subject: Old bundle update method
>> To: OLPC Development<devel at>
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>> Folks:
>> Back in the old days, when velociraptors roamed the Earth, and build
>> 802
>> ruled the XO1 environment, there was a neat little customization that
>> one
>> could put on a USB stick that enabled one to install a bunch of
>> activities
>> just by booting with the customized USB stick installed.
>> The technique we used was to have a 'boot' directory off the root that
>> contained two files, and  Also one would have a
>> directory off the root named 'bundles' which contained all of the
>> desired
>> '.xo' files.  Last, there was little file in the root called
>> 'configuration-2'.
>> I have copied these files over onto a stick with the 860 builds, but
>> the
>> activity install does not seem to run.  Could it be that a) I need
>> different
>> versions of the .zip files in the boot directory, or b) this
>> techinique is
>> no longer supported on the new firmware/OS combination, or c) it
>> doesn't
>> work on machines with security disabled)  Or, maybe all three.
>> Cheers
> I'll go with "c" in order to boot an unlocked XO you need to supply
> boot/olpc.fth and your supplying If the security
> keys match-up you should be able to boot with the "X" button to enable
> security from an unlocked XO. You could extract the kernel, initrd from
> the zip files placing them in /boot and supply an olpc.fth file.
> Jerry

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