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Old 06-04-2004, 12:47 AM   #1
cbarthel
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Lilo.conf append "prof=office" , what is it?


I have seen this in lilo.conf, and on message boards at times when people paste their lilo.conf files... I have tried searching for it, but the closest I get is Profile=1 for the kernel. Which I have a suspicion is not the same thing.

Can someone tell me what it is used for? To me it looks like a user or system profile switch, say I have an Office profile with PCMCIA ethernet card and modem, and a Home profile with a docking station. Am I thinking right?

If so, how can I use this so I don't have to keep answering questions about changed hardware?

Thanks in advance!
 
Old 06-04-2004, 04:32 AM   #2
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append entries of the form name=value that are not lilo options or kernel options become environmental variables.

This reference will explain it.

http://www.ibiblio.org/mdw/HOWTO/Boo...t-HOWTO-2.html

2.5 Setting Environment Variables.
Anything of the form `foo=bar' that is not accepted as a setup function as described above is then interpreted as an environment variable to be set. An example would be to use TERM=vt100 or BOOT_IMAGE=vmlinuz.bak as a boot argument. These environment variables are typically tested for in the initialization scripts to enable or disable a wide range of things.
 
  


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