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Re: LILO documentation

Wayne Topa wrote:
On 04/20/2013 12:11 PM, Richard Owlett wrote:
Tony van der Hoff wrote:
On 20/04/13 16:19, Richard Owlett wrote:
Tony van der Hoff wrote:
On 20/04/13 15:50, Richard Owlett wrote:
Tony van der Hoff wrote:
On 20/04/13 15:12, Richard Owlett wrote:
I need complete documentation on LILO with emphasis
on lilo.conf .
Assume I'm stranded on a desert isle (SW Missouri is
a fair
approximation) with a computer and a set of install
What *ONE* document will answer ALL my LILO questions.
Hint: man pages and mini-HOTO's don't hack it. They
presume and
summarize too much.
{I'm installing using the 8 DVD set of Debian 6.0.5}

I don't know about "one" document, but there's the
user documentation
and the technical (i.e. internal) docs at

One of places I had been :{

Care to explain why you don't like it/what you really

In my "three score and ten" I've learned to recognize
when I am too
clueless to ask a reasonable question ;/

The immediate surface symptoms include almost no change to
/etc/lilo.conf having the expected effect.

I can't get the menu to display automatically - even if
at the moment it
would have only one choice.
[It does display if I hit the space-bar when LILO
appears on screen.]

I can't the text describing the one menu item I have.

I suspect the document I desire would spend a dozen
pages describing
only lilo.conf.

I guess you've been here, too:


but the conf is
so simple that it's hard to get it wrong.

But I'm so talented ;/

From your problem description, it almost sounds as if
you're failing to
run /sbin/lilo after making changes to the lilo.conf file
to allow it to
"compile" the conf.

Discovered that error early.
I've played with delay= statement and that works as expected.

I resisted the migration to grub for many years, on the
basis that lilo
was a much better hammer, being as simple as required to
do the job.
However, I was eventually worn down, and bent to
progress, so haven't
used lilo in a while :(

I found grub2 annoying in that it wanted the menu to
appear its way not
I'd likely would have been happy with grub legacy as its
was set in a single easily edited file. But what I've read
seems to
indicate it is being declared
dead/unsupported/abandoned/... .

In all that time, I never found the need to delve much
deeper into the
config than what was available in the above page.

ISTR around the time that grub2 was introduced, one of our
users, I 'THINK' his name was Stephen Powell, gave some good
arguments for using
Lilo.  Again, ISTR, he put up a very good web page
explaining how to use
& install it.

You might find the thread on the D-U archives or Google.
Yep, a goohle search for Lilo 'Stephen Powell' has it as the
first link.

Google IS your friend.

But you need to know the right key words.

As a matter of fact Mr. Powell had just responded to my post suggesting I read one of his pagers.
He beat you by minutes.



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