Re: loadlin bootable CD
In your email to me, Dale Scheetz, you wrote:
> I am aware of how to do this with loadlin and initrd, however, the only
> reason for using initrd is to configure mount points on the CD to r/w disk
> for the portions of the system that needs to be changed from time to time.
> I don't think that initrd can be run from lilo (but I could be mistaken),
> but if you are willing to configure the system (fstab for instance)
> completely before comitting it to CD you should be able to boot the CD
> from a small partition with lilo and a kernel that has built in drivers
> for the cd drive. However, this is a lot of work to get a system that
> will, by virtue of CD access speeds be brutally slow.
True, but faster than floppies, and only 1 disk!
> The main reason for my interst in this path is that it provides a path for
> bringing up a system (larger than base) without boot, root, and base
> disketts, from which a "real" system can be installed with all the
> networking tools needed to perform this installation in whatever method
> the installer desires.
Thats what I want to do too. Almost every install I've been doing on other
peoples machines have had win31 or 95 on it with a working CDROM.
> I have been hearing on Linux-Kernel that there is work being done to patch
> the kernel so that it will boot with a loop device, thus allowing an ext2
> file system to be built as a file image that can be copied to any
> partition (either dos or linux) and be booted using the loop device to
> mount root. This would be a read/write filesystem without the limitations
> on umsdos file systems. This configuration can be booted from either lilo
> or loadlin.
That would be perfect...
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