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Bug#119825: Wrong boot= line in lilo.conf

#include <hallo.h>
Bug Hunter wrote on Fri Nov 16, 2001 um 01:52:08PM:
> Package: boot-floppies
> Version: N/A; reported 2001-11-16
> Severity: normal
> When the install finished, the "Make System Bootable" option created a 
> wrong lilo.conf.
> The machine had 2 disks: hdc as the target, hdd as the source. There was 

This configuration is not a sane one. Your BIOS maybe can map hdc to the
"first" boot disk from the DOS' point of view, but Linux does not know
anything about such tricks.

> nothing on the primary IDE interface. After choosing to install lilo in 
> the MBR, it only offered to install it into hda. Then lilo tried that, 

Well, this is apparently a bug, but not easy to fix. We could modify the
LILO installation method to detect such situations, but it would cause
some interaction with users which probably would not understand what the
problem is.

> but was unsuccesful, so I had to manually edit the config file. The 
> root=/dev/hdc5 line was correct, but the boot=/dev/hda was not. After 
> correcting it to boot=/dev/hdc lilo installed itself succesfully, and 
> the system could boot.

Sure you could? Normally, this would fail since LILO threats hdc as 0x82
(int13/DOS), but hda is normally presented as 0x80 if your BIOS starts
to boot from it.

>Actually, Microsoft is sort of a mixture between the Borg and the Ferengi.
Stimmt doch eh nicht, die letzten beiden wissen wenigstens, wie man etwas baut!

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