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Old 01-25-2006, 07:53 PM   #1
netadptr0719
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mkbootdisk in rescue mode (Fedora 4)


Hello everyone, I am fairly new to the forums but I am not new to linux. I recently updated my old old red hat 9 distro to Fedora 4, long over needed. I did not install the boot loader because I tried it and it did nothing but barf all over me and I knew that there was a mkbootdisk command so I tried that in linux rescue mode. It didn't work. I get something to the effect of...

cp: writing '/tmp/mkbootdisk.Sc1628/vmlinuz' : No space left on device
cp: writing '/tmp/mkbootdisk.Sc1628/initrd.img' : No space left on device
cat: write error: No space left on device
cat: write error: No space left on device

I have searched your forums already and found something similar and everyone said something about the install disk asking for a boot diskette on all installation CDs. This isn't true, I know that my Red Hat 9 disk did but I know for a fact that my Fedora 4 disk didn't even have an option anywhere because I looked. Does anybody know what to do?

Thank you.
 
Old 01-25-2006, 08:14 PM   #2
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The Redhat 9 kernel could fit on a floppy but the FC4 kernel can not. Instead you can create a boot CD.

Here is a step by step procedure:
Once booted in rescue mode you need to use the chroot command to change to the hard drive /.
chroot /mnt/sysimage

To create the boot CD image
mkbootdisk --iso --device boot_cd.img Žuname -rŽ

To create the CD assuming you have an ATAPI CD writer installed the command is:
cdrecord -v dev=ATAPI:0,0,0 speed=16 boot_cd.img

Last edited by michaelk; 01-25-2006 at 08:16 PM.
 
Old 01-25-2006, 08:17 PM   #3
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The 2.6 kernel is big and its difficult to create boot disks that fit on a floppy. You can create a bootdisk on a CD device by doing,
Code:
#mkbootdisk --iso --device bootdisk.iso 2.6.x
Burn the iso afterwards and hopefully you should be able to boot into your system.
 
Old 01-25-2006, 08:22 PM   #4
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thanks guys, you are all a life saver, before I go there is the inevitable dumb question, where the hell did the iso save too
 
Old 01-25-2006, 08:23 PM   #5
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nevermind, Im dumb, I found it, thanks guys
 
  


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