I just bumped into the same thing, so I thought I'd post some notes here:
At first boot, one is being auto-logged in as
tux user; the problem is:
tux user is "autogenerated" apparently
- When changes are saved for persistence, apparently, the home folder of the autogenerated
tux user is not saved
Anyways, here I tried installing some programs (like
xvkbd) through Package Manager (Tazpanel - Packages); and to make them persistent, first:
- Right-click on Desktop, Slitaz Live, TazUSB Writefs (gzip)
This will save a
rootfs.gz file in
/ - this one you must copy manually to the USB flash drive, where the others (rootfs1.gz, rootfs2.gz) are - in
/boot on the USB thumbdrive!
Then, you must also manually add this file to
syslinux.cfg! There is another problem here - if the usb thumbdrive is FAT-formatted, then the autologin command for the
tux user will fail - and you will get a login prompt/window instead; where you cannot login as
tux (which has an empty password by default, otherwise); you can only login as
Thankfully, there is a way around this - note first, the default entry in
syslinux.cfg would be like this:
append initrd=/boot/rootfs4.gz,/boot/rootfs3.gz,/boot/rootfs2.gz,/boot/rootfs1.gz rw root=/dev/null vga=normal autologin
Note, on that line one could also use
home= for persistence - but not on a FAT32 USB thumb (the login problem).
Then, you could copy the
rootfs.gz generated by Writefs previous as
/boot/rootfsA.gz; now if you try just
append initrd=/boot/rootfsA.gz rw root=/dev/null vga=normal autologin
... then you again get the login problem (though if you login as root, you'll see the installed programs are there).
The cool thing, is that you can add
rootfsA.gz along with the others in the
append line; if it is added at end, then it is the same as if it is alone (login problem) - but if you prepend it - that is, add it first:
append initrd=/boot/rootfsA.gz,/boot/rootfs4.gz,/boot/rootfs3.gz,/boot/rootfs2.gz,/boot/rootfs1.gz rw root=/dev/null noswap vga=normal lang=en kmap=us autologin
... then both the installed programs will be available (some persistence) - but the next filesystems will overwrite settings; and will create the live user
tux and proceed to autologin in that accound. So, it is not possible to save desktop icons and such - but at least the installed programs are there. Add
lang=en kmap=us to avoid the questions at startup (so it proceeds directly to autologin; EDIT - it throws a message on
lang=en; so it's probably
lang=en_US) - and I also tried to add
noswap to deactivate swap; but it still finds my local HD's swap, and does "Activating swap memory ..." (which I'd rather it didn't).
Anyways, nice it can be hacked in this way - though it is a bit of a pain having to generate a new image and copy it around, each time I change a single config line or so...
Hope this helps someone,