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Old 02-27-2009, 04:14 PM   #1
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Making Syslinux boot a different partition also with Syslinux.


I'm trying to make a multi-boot Syslinux USB flash drive. I want to do the following:

/dev/sda1 -> Boot partition, very small, just for Syslinux main menu.
/dev/sda2 -> eg: Damn Small Linux with Syslinux installed.
/dev/sda3 -> eg: Puppy Linux with Syslinux installed.
...

But how can I, from the syslinux installed on sda1 boot sda2 or sda3? And if possible, using "relative paths"? Let me explain: if I go to a computer with a SATA drive, the USB disk will be /dev/sdb* and not sda, so Syslinux can't boot sda2 or 3. Those are partitions of the SATA disk, not of the USB disk.

It could be something like in GRUB:

root(hd0,1)
chainloader +1

And that will boot /dev/sda2, from a GRUB installation on sda1.

Hope anybody understood, ToKico
 
Old 02-27-2009, 06:01 PM   #2
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you would edit the syslinux.cfg in a similar way that you would edit /boot/grub/grub.conf
although the syntax is probably different, same concept

this is the relevant part of the isolinux.cfg from the lfs live boot cd, which is the same syntactically i believe as syslinux.cfg
Code:
label linux
  kernel linux
  append initrd=initramfs_data_cpio.gz quiet

label linux64
  kernel linux64
  append initrd=initramfs_data64_cpio.gz quiet

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Old 02-28-2009, 07:32 AM   #3
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That's not what I want. I want to boot a kernel/initrd located on another partition, not on the same.
 
Old 02-28-2009, 11:28 AM   #4
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that was an example..
here is some documentation on syslinux
http://syslinux.zytor.com/wiki/index.php/SYSLINUX
 
Old 03-01-2009, 08:49 AM   #5
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I've read that and I saw a kernel append option: "root=". Will that solve my problem? And for the "relative drive" I could use by-uuid, right?
 
Old 03-02-2009, 11:00 AM   #6
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probably, wont know for sure until ya try it but that would be my guess, or use the same scheme as grub uses
 
Old 03-04-2009, 09:37 AM   #7
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probably, wont know for sure until ya try it but that would be my guess, or use the same scheme as grub uses
Thanks anyway, but I'm going to use GRUB.

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