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Old 08-06-2006, 10:44 PM   #1
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Question Small question about and isolinux

I'd like to know if is needed when using isolinux.

Like, if I make a simple bootable CD with a ramdisk and a kernel.

Old 08-07-2006, 12:56 AM   #2
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Hi win32sux,

My understanding is that is used for the running kernel and has nothing to do with booting. This web page discusses and some of its uses.

I was going to check to see what Damn Small Linux did, but I would have to shut some things down (that I don' want to do right now) to check that out. But I did look at the initrd they use. It contains a /boot symlink that points to their main filesystem (/KNOPPIX/boot) on the CD. I imagine that directory contains (Remember that they continue to use this ramdisk on the running system.)

Hope this helps.

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Old 08-07-2006, 07:16 AM   #3
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Hi, blackhole54. Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I've seen that link before, it's pretty cool. Anyhow, I think you've given me a good idea, which is to look at some Live CD distros to see how they do it. Having a symlink from within the /boot directory on the ramdisk toward the on the CD itself seems like it makes sense. I'll have to look into that. Thanks.


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