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When creating a boot-able USB or LiveUSB with Startup Disk creator in Ubuntu 12.04, the following error message appears:

Installation Failed
An uncaught exception was raised: Invalid version string 'GNU/LINUX'

What does this mean? Is there a fix for this?

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If you start a terminal with Ctl-Alt-T what is the output of the lsb_release -a command? –  John S Gruber Jul 13 '12 at 5:07
It is quite long, it starts with this LSB Version: core-2.0-ia32:core-2.0-noarch:core-3.0-ia32:core-3.0-noarch:core-3.1-ia‌​32:core-3.1-noarch:core-3.2-ia32:core-3.2-noarch:core-4.0-ia32:core-4.0-noarch:cx‌​x-3.0-ia32:cxx- ... and ends with Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 11.04 Release: 11.04 Codename: natty –  Peachy Jul 13 '12 at 8:00
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Try running the Startup Disk Creator like so:

usb-creator --allow-system-internal

Be sure to select your USB key from the drive list, and not your system drive.

This seems to be a documented bug.

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Thank you. Will try that. –  Peachy Jul 12 '12 at 13:12
Didn't work for me :( –  hwjp Jul 23 '12 at 17:39
Same with me. I am also working on Precise. usb-creator-gtk --version returns 0.2.23. –  JJD Aug 6 '12 at 9:38
As @JJD indirectly mentioned, the program may instead be named usb-creator-gtk. (though, contrary to his comment, this solution worked for me in the same version, 0.2.23) –  IQAndreas Jun 8 '13 at 21:03
For Kubuntu and Kubuntu-based distros (LinuxMint KDE) use usb-creator-kde --allow-system-internal –  Diaa Sami Dec 3 '13 at 21:30
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