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    SubjectRe: syslinux and 2.4.0 initrd size problems

    [Jeff V. Merkey]
    > I am having trouble getting a 2.4 vmlinuz (bzImage) and initrd image
    > onto a 1.44 floppy with all the new stuff.

    Check out what Debian did for 2.2 ("potato"). Kernel and syslinux are
    on a FAT floppy, and a second floppy holds a raw ext2 image, gzipped.
    SYSLINUX.CFG begins like so:

    DEFAULT linux
    APPEND vga=normal noinitrd load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=1 ramdisk_size=16384 root=/dev/fd0 disksize=1.44
    DISPLAY debian.txt
    PROMPT 1

    Just before mounting the root filesystem, the kernel says "insert
    floppy and press <enter>" or some such.

    You can download the images at

    See 'rescue.bin' (syslinux+kernel) and 'root.bin' (initrd.gz).

    > I there something more current that does or will allow me to
    > load the inittrd off a CD-ROM device (with vmlinuz and syslinux
    > on the floppy). I know how to do this with GRUB (Grand
    > Unified Boot Loader), but I want to use syslinux if possible.

    If you can count on having a BIOS that knows how to boot a CD-ROM (i.e.
    the BIOS is new enough to be Y2K compliant) you can put a 2.88MB floppy
    image on the CD for the BIOS to find. Should be big enough for the
    next year or two.

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