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Re: i want a large (16MB+) initial ramdisk...

sbunse@tvk.rwth-aachen.de wrote:
> i'm trying to build a rescue bootcd with a big initrd supporting lots of
> hardware. but even with (IMHO) only some modules i have problems staying under a
> 4MB restriction for the initrd. is there a way around this?
> any hints appreciated :-)

Have you found/read the BootDisk-HOWTO?  (http://www.linux.com/howto)

There are two issues here:

- creation of the initrd image
- telling the kernel on boot to create a RAMDISK larger than the default
of 4MB.

It's probably the second bullet you're having problems with.  Via LILO,
SYSLINUX, whatever, you need to pass the following parameter to the


The number is KB, so the value above is 16MB.

Hope this helps!

Kevin Traas

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