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Re: mkboot -- "if GRUB is installed it does nothing .."

On Sat, Oct 20, 2007 at 09:12:27PM EDT, Douglas A. Tutty wrote:
> > Does this mean that with everyone coming up with their improved "rescue
> > disks" and floppy drives becoming a rarity, boot floppies are now a
> > thing of the past?
> > 
> > Or are there circumstances when making a boot floppy is still advisable?
> > 
> > If so, since mkboot appears to require lilo, what's the alternative for
> > us grub guys?
> With 2.6 kernels being so big, plus needing an initrd, I haven't seen an
> acutal boot floppy since 2.4 days with Woody.

Yes, like folks .. they seem to be getting plumper with every new

-rw-r--r--  1 root root 1366960 2007-02-21 10:56 vmlinuz-
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 1365560 2007-10-19 22:30 vmlinuz-

-rw-r--r--  1 root root 1013692 2004-12-13 17:54 vmlinuz-

Not sure about the initrd, though.

/boot on this machine does not have anything that looks like one.

.. config .. System.map .. and vmlinuz .. that's it.

Have they moved it to some other location?

Or is it that I wisely built in everything that's needed at boot time?

> To just get to a Grub prompt, you can create a grub disk, either
> following the directions in the docs 

.. like grub's man page?

.. would you be referring to the Texinfo manual?


> or by installing grub-disk and then dd'ing the image file it gives
> you.


Looks like I need to grab the grub manual.

lilo used to have _two_ manuals with all the gory details exposed .. a
short user manual and a much longer reference manual IIRC (?) but as far
as grub is concerned I haven't seen anything that comes close.

Probably looked in the wrong places as usual. 

I'll give it another try tomorrow.


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