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SubjectRe: compile and bootdisk problems
On Fri, 13 Jul 2001, Brunet Eric wrote:

> Hello,
> i meet some problems in order to create a linux bootdisk:
> therefore, i tries to make a polyvalent kernel (in one floppy) with:
> -no module
> -a lot of ethernet card drivers
> This flopppy disk will be used to boot windows machine with partimage
> program in order to backup entire FS to a backup server!!
> The first, i couldn't compile the kernel with all ethernets card
> drivers,

Hmm. My suggestion is to choose the NICs you actually use, maybe plus ISA and
PCI NE2k (you never know...).

> [snip]
> -the other problem is in boot sequence, i prapre the kernel image for
> the rootdisk(it work with a Slackware bootdisk) like this:
> > rdev bzImage /dev/fd0
> > rdev -r bzImage 49152 (49152 = ask disk, and read from 0)

I think you want 32768 instead. Bit 14 says load an inital ramdisk, and
nowhere in your process do you actually create one. While you're at it, ditch
the msdos and/or umsdos filesystems and use vfat instead.

> > rdev -R bzImage 0 (to make the root RW and allow to login)
> > dd if=bzImage of=/dev/fd0 bs=1k
> [snip]
> I read many FAQ, ML and bootdisk HOWTO(of course) wtihout response
> please help me :~(
> thank in advance for your response

Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams <>

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