Re: aptitude and /etc/lilo.conf
Rob Weir wrote:
On Mon, Jul 28, 2003 at 06:42:47PM -0700, J F wrote:
Based on the output from aptitude and my current
lilo.conf, do you think I need to do anything to lilo.conf?
aptitude is just a frontend. dpkg is doing the actual work of unpacking
and installing the package.
Is aptitude going to put the new kernel
dpkg will, yes.
Will aptitude fix the link /vmlinuz ?
dpkg will. yes.
I ran aptitude and it did a lot of things and then said:
Unpacking kernel-image-2.4.20-3-386 (from
You are attempting to install an initrd kernel image (version 2.4.20-3-386)
This will not work unless you have configured your boot loader to use
initrd. (An initrd image is a kernel image that expects to use an INITial
Ram Disk to mount a minimal root file system into RAM and use that for
As a reminder, in order to configure lilo, you need to
add an 'initrd=/initrd.img' to the image=/vmlinuz
stanza of your /etc/lilo.conf
I repeat, You need to configure your boot loader. If you have already done
so, and you wish to get rid of this message, please put
`do_initrd = Yes'
in /etc/kernel-img.conf. Note that this is optional, but if you do not,
you'll continue to see this message whenever you install a kernel
image using initrd.
Do you want to stop now? [Y/n]
The kernel image will be unpacked into /boot as
vmlinuz-<kernel-version>, and a symlink called /vmlinuz will be created
pointing to it. This was in the default lilo.conf, but you deleted it.
You'll need to recreate a stanza along the lines of:
For kernels from kernel-image packages to work. You won't need to
modify it again, though. You might want to make it the default.
# ls -ld /v*
drwxr-xr-x 16 root root 4096 Jan 18 2003 /var
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 23 May 21 12:23 /vmlinuz ->
Oh, you have that link? Why did you modify your lilo.conf, then?
Thanks for answering. I was beginning to think I would not
get an answer to that question.
I didn't modify lilo.conf or the /vmlinuz links.
I can only assume that either this is the default from the knoppix
hard disk install or it got downloaded when I did an apt-get upgrade.
I'll try to add that stanza and then lilo to get past this upgrade issue.