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by bzt
Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

@DarkElvenAngel: I see, ok, thanks. I think there's not much I can do about those AV warnings. New version: Version string in window title Finally tracked down that threading issue under MacOSX. Disk operation and UI is on a different thread now, and the progress bar is fluent and accurate, no more ...
by bzt
Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What is a good replacement for Etcher (ads and ignores privacy)
Replies: 143
Views: 9112

Re: What is a good replacement for Etcher (ads and ignores privacy)

Until a Lawyer is involved, there can not be a definitive answer, so far all the concerns are people's perspectives. That's wrong. No need for a lawyer to tell it is sending data about its users without their consent, which is something that GDPR explicitly forbids. It is the other way around, they...
by bzt
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:07 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

@bzt, I'm excited to see such a tool I'm very interested in how it works and being able to see the code great. I have been following this thread for a while now and it is amazing how much you have accomplished in such a short time! Thank you! Feel free to give the repo a star :-) And now I see you ...
by bzt
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What is a good replacement for Etcher (ads and ignores privacy)
Replies: 143
Views: 9112

Re: What is a good replacement for Etcher (ads and ignores privacy)

I use balenaEtcher. The fact the people are writing multiple posts above about block sizes when using dd should be a good indicator that there is a market for an easy to use application! Why do you use it? Do they pay you or something? I'm pretty sure you are more than capable of correctly specifyi...
by bzt
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

Hi, bzt I salute you sir and will return to the shadows to wait and watch developments with interest. ( ... if I'm able to carryout any testing for you in your program development, I have Windows 10, Ubuntu Mint and RPi4 resources, at which point I'll happily return from the shadows :D ) You can cam...
by bzt
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:50 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

Attempts to produce localizations have not always been fairly received Well, I really needed the localization support because one of my users is my pretty old father who doesn't speak anything else than his mother tounge. And once the code was done, it was only a matter of adding a few more strings...
by bzt
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What is a good replacement for Etcher (ads and ignores privacy)
Replies: 143
Views: 9112

Re: What is a good replacement for Etcher (ads and ignores privacy)

Every time I use Etcher to write a Pi image I have to go through three level of permissions in Win10. I am so sick of that. Try USBImager . It does not collect anything on you, so it does not need no network connection at all. It's still in early stage, but it is reported to be working on Windows b...
by bzt
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

Dear All, New version. Added "Downloads" folder to the Open File dialog for quick access More checks to detect "Recently Used" files Added more languages, the UI is now translated to 16 languages For small disks, the capacity is shown in megabytes More bullet-proof reading from sysfs under Linux (tr...
by bzt
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

Thanks! So how did a successful write to a USB flash drive occur yesterday? I've already told you, it had setgid. You have more options here: 1. as end user, use "sudo usbimager", it works, and probably totally risk-free, but it violates PoLP so I wouldn't recommend it. 2. as end user, use an execut...
by bzt
Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

Re the latest version: gcc still doesn't like this type as you can see. Just as I expected. Without the ULL suffix, the constant is truncated. I'll go back to the long-long warning then, at least that version worked... usbimager is very fussy about the target disc, eg., disks_open(/dev/sdb) fd=-1 e...
by bzt
Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Sticky: Custom RPI4 Bootloader
Replies: 31
Views: 1197

Re: Custom RPI4 Bootloader

Hi, i have the problem that i would like to use the Rpi4 in an embedded application with a custom boot process. I don't want to use the CM-Modules. I dont want to boot using USB, MicroSD, Ethernet but instead load it through the GPIO pins. You can do that. The Rpi4 has an on board boot EEPROM. And ...
by bzt
Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

Hi All, New features: casting const in XZ lib, this should get rid of the last warning message with armv7l compilers added window icon for X11 (the most important feature, I know :-)) added keyboard navigation for X11 (works as with all the other frameworks, Tab, Shift+Tab, Enter, etc. plus lynx-lik...
by bzt
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

I think you'll be relieved to know the segfault has gone away. Thank you, but actually I'm not relieved. I haven't changed anything in the logic, I just put some printf in the code. It would be better to know for sure what caused it. Unfortunately I can't compile for raspbian right now, because by ...
by bzt
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

I have an idea, I'll introduce "-vv" and print out everything. Please bare with me, I'll upload this version soon. EDIT: okay, I've checked and double-checked, there should be no issues with %lu. I've replaced the define with the PRI*64 ones from inttypes. Frankly I don't like those, because they in...
by bzt
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

Ok, some short feedback. If I get time later today I'll look further. It can now be built from make as is in your new version. Thanks for checking out! I still get the types warnings. Where exactly? I've used SPFLG in the code everywhere where 64 bit integers are converted to strings and length mat...
by bzt
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

Keep it civil everyone please. Casting aspersions on others technical competency is not being civil. Not sure what you mean, but if it was me, then I apologize. I honestly think that adding a user to a group is less of a security-risk than running application as root fully bypassing all the securit...
by bzt
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

Dear All, I've completely rewritten the UI for low-level X11, not using any widget toolkits nor frameworks. This was several advantages: Only one dependency, libX11. This should ease porting. Also works under MacOSX and with BSDs, etc. By eliminating libui, the segmentation fault on ARM should go aw...
by bzt
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

So, no — it's not reasonable to require users to be a member of disk . ROTFL! It is not reasonable to expect to write to a file without write permission... disk: Raw access to disks. Mostly equivalent to root access. If you really quoted that from the Debian docs, then the Debian docs are wrong. Al...
by bzt
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

Hi, @MisterEd, @mattmiller: ran successfully to completion Thank you guys! Let me know if you run into something else! Adding a user to the disks group is effectively the same as running everything as root. Auch. I'm a security expert for more than a decade now, so I'm going to pretend you never wro...
by bzt
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

Hi, @rpdom: WinAmp was the de facto standard MP3 player on desktops (XMMS and now Audacious mimics it's look'n'feel). At first it was a small tool, lately come with a webbrowser integrated into it. Don't ask me who have thought that having a browser inside a music player app is a great idea... Yeah,...
by bzt
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

I just downloaded the latest version. This time right after I select the Write button I get "Write verification failed". And does it work without the verification checked? If so then I know what the problem is. I reformatted the card and successfully wrote the image with Etcher. Yes, I understand t...
by bzt
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

Thank you guys for checking out! I've fixed access under Windows, it should be ok now. I've also added more sophisticated error messages, including the ones reported by the system (those might be translated). I've also workarounded the pthread issue under MacOSX, unfortunately the progress bar is no...
by bzt
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What is a good replacement for Etcher (ads and ignores privacy)
Replies: 143
Views: 9112

Re: What is a good replacement for Etcher (ads and ignores privacy)

Hi, You could try https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=265251 . It is experimental now, only tested under Linux. It can write compressed images on-the-fly (no need to manually decompress them), it can verify writes, and it has protection against writing to your system disk. Cheers...
by bzt
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

Re: USB image writer

Hi, Failed on my Win10 trying to write latest full raspbian to a brand new 64GB card I get the error: "An error occurred while writing to the target device." As I wrote, the Windows port is (and so is the MacOSX port) experimental right now. I've implemented the DeviceIoControl calls according to th...
by bzt
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 50
Views: 1847

USB image writer

Hi, First of all, if there's a better forum for supporting applications than "General discussion", then please feel free to move this topic there. I'm a very advanced user and I'm very happy with the command line. I can write compressed images on-the-fly with pipes and dd. However I have some non-cl...

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