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Old 10-18-2003, 03:33 AM   #1
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Question: How to do colorful boot like in Knoppix

Hello out there,

I've got a Problem and just wanted to ask it cause I'm sure somebody out there knows the answer.

I'm now running Debian Bonzai Linux 1.6 and I already got used to Linux (which was not that difficult because I knew the Unix-feeling from the old Amiga-OS). Now I want to shorten up all that stuff that shows up when booting. There must be a command like the DOS "@echo off" so that Linux just shows what I want it to show... I already though about piping the screen dump to >Null but there is a problem. I don't know where to start.

So, can anybody tell me what Linux does after it got the location of the kernel from Lilo? Where is the file which does the same as the DOS autoexec.bat or config.sys (I realize I'm still bound to the M$-Dos-Shell since I work as a Admin of NT and M$-2000 Server ). Could somebody tell me how I do a colorful and nonverbose boot like in Knoppix (I already know how to use ANSI but it's the same here; I don't know which files to edit)? Do I need to edit the Kernel-Source and compile a new Kernel? If so, is there a good ftp out there where I can get Kernel-Source-2.4.20-k7 and the acording headers?

Puh, many questions... hope that somebody can help me so I can understand Linux better...

Greets SeSchae
Old 10-18-2003, 11:38 PM   #2
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The Progress patch might be something you are looking for.
Old 10-19-2003, 04:10 AM   #3
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Na, not really... It would do, but I want to understand what Linux does when booting and edit it's behaviour
Old 10-19-2003, 05:55 AM   #4
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There is a file that performs pretty much the same task as the DOS AUTOEXEC.BAT on Linux but its name and location vary from distro to distro. In Debian, you have to create an executable shell script in /etc/init.d called local and then add it to the runlevel tree using the update-rc.d command. A better explanation can be found here:


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