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Re: RFC: What should be done about kernel-image's bootloader questions



On Tue, Jun 05, 2001 at 01:44:45PM -0500, Andrew D Dixon wrote:
> I'd like to be able to simply boot off of the hard disk from with only
> an ext2 partition on the disk and nothing else.  I must admit that I'm
> new to the PPC architecture so if this is already possible please let me
> know.

its possible on OldWorlds when you use quik, with NewWorlds its almost
possible, you have to have an 800K type Apple_Bootstrap partition for
the bootlaoder to be installed onto for those to boot.  that is due to
a limitation of the firwmare, it won't load a normal bootblock.  

the bootstrap partition is not mounted anywhere, does not contain
kernels and does not need to be manipulated by you directly in any
way. you just maintain /etc/yaboot.conf and rerun ybin on changes to
the bootloader.  much like lilo.  kernels are loaded directly off your
ext2 / filesystem.  

-- 
Ethan Benson
http://www.alaska.net/~erbenson/

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