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Re: [help] modules preload documentation

On Tue, Apr 16, 2002 at 12:46:49AM +0200, Eduard Bloch wrote:
> Could a native speaker proofread this?

Here's the result, make sure I didn't screw something up:

Index: tech-info.sgml
RCS file: /cvs/debian-boot/boot-floppies/documentation/en/tech-info.sgml,v
retrieving revision 1.26
diff -u -r1.26 tech-info.sgml
--- tech-info.sgml	2002/04/15 04:33:21	1.26
+++ tech-info.sgml	2002/04/16 03:52:46
@@ -101,7 +101,7 @@
 you didn't perform the last step properly, then
 &Configure-Device-Driver-Modules; won't find any modules and thus
 will be sad.
 <!-- end i386 --> ]]>
 <![ %m68k [ 
@@ -138,7 +138,7 @@
 custom kernel to <file>/mnt/linux.bin.gz</file>.
 <p>If you want to be complete about it, you'll also want to gzip the
-System.map from your custom kernel and place it in <file>/mnt</file>
+System.map from your custom kernel, gzip it and place it in <file>/mnt</file>
 as sys_map.gz and gzip the .config and place it in <file>/mnt</file>
 as config.gz.
@@ -170,6 +170,45 @@
+<![ %i386 [ 
+<sect>Preloading Existing Modules
+If you need an essential driver in order to access the harddisk or installation
+source device, you can use existing modules instead of recompiling the whole
+kernel. You can preload driver modules from a floppy disk before mounting the
+root partition. To prepare such a floppy, you will need:
+<item>Another box running Linux, a floppy drive and the usual tools</item>
+<item>Alternatively, a Win32 machine, using the usual Windows tools and GNU 
+  tar and gzip (or Winzip)</item>
+<item>a freshly formatted floppy disk</item>
+<item>pen and paper</item>
+Here are the steps to create the preload disk, assuming that you are on a Linux box 
+and plan to use the bf2.4 flavor later:
+<item>Mount your Debian CD-ROM in /cdrom</item>
+<item>Create a temporary directory and change to it (<tt>cd /tmp; mkdir work; cd work</tt>)</item>
+<item>Extract the kernel and modules for the flavor that you want to install with...
+tar -zxvf /cdrom/debian/dists/woody/main/disks-i386/current/bf2.4/drivers.tgz
+tar -zxvf modules.tgz
+less lib/modules/2.4.18-bf2.4/modules.dep
+<item>Read the modules.dep file, locate the modules that you are looking for, and 
+note their dependencies. Note the order in which the modules depend on each 
+other. Do the same for each dependency, unless you have a list of modules 
+that can be loaded without dependencies.</item>
+<item>Copy all required modules to a separate location.</item>
+<item>Format your floppy disk, create the msdos filesystem (<tt>mformat a:</tt>).</item>
+<item>Make a directory called <file>boot</file> on the floppy disk. Copy all required 
+modules to this directory.</item>
+<item>You can use this disk to preload modules. Do not lose your notes, you 
+may need them to load the modules in the correct order.</item>
+<!-- end i386 --> ]]>

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