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SubjectRe: Linux 2.3.21 Gripes.
Hi Mike.

>>>>>> Have you tried make bzImage ?

>>>>> That is not always enough. If the bzImage is larger than 1Mb,
>>>>> it still doesn't link. (But you need _a lot_ of drivers for
>>>>> this)

>>>> I think this was a bug which is now fixed.

>>> It'll link now, but this beastie..

>>> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1052897 Oct 14 07:10 arch/i386/boot/bzImage

>>> ..still can't be booted. (not by loadlin anyway.. is there a
>>> protected mode bootloader for games98 anywhere?)

>> I wouldn't know about loadlin as I've never used it, but I have
>> booted a few kernels >1M (1,048,576 bytes) in size using LILO, so
>> have good reason to suppose that it supports them.

>> One kernel I successfully booted was a 2.2.12 kernel of about 1.3M
>> in size, so well over both the 1M limit and the size of your
>> kernel above.

> Hmm.. maybe with some shameless thievery.. ;-)

If you mean that I applied the patch I developed before compiling it,
then I have to admit that such was indeed the case.

> I'll soon need to boot large kernels, but can't risk the boot
> block(s) on this poor beat up old box. (no floppy, no bootable
> cd, yuk bios:)

The only place I ever put LILO is in the boot sector of whichever
partition contains the /boot directory, and NEVER in the MBR, and as a
result, I never have any problems with other OS's corrupting the MBR.
They are welcome to do what they wish with it, as I can soon use even
the Win95 fdisk to specify that it should boot from the relevant Linux
partition.

Best wishes from Riley.

PS: The kernel versions page is now back online at the URL below, and
includes separate sublists both for each kernel series, and for
each year of development.

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* http://www.memalpha.cx/Linux/Kernel/

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