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Old 08-13-2008, 01:07 PM   #1
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Custom live dvd: troubles


I am working in a custom live dvd that contains some live cd distros.

I have two distros that not boot.

The linux distros that i choose for these live dvd are:

Knoppix 5.1 live cd -- ok
Fedora 9 live cd (gnome based) -- ok
OpenSUSE 11 with KDE 4.1 -- ok
Mandriva ONE KDE -- donīt boot
Kubuntu Hardy -- donīt boot

This is the structure of directories inside the live dvd:

boot/ -- here are the global menu.lst, in the root the mandriva kernel, in the directories the kernels and initrd of the other distros distros
boot/grub -- grub menu.lst configs files only
boot/grub/mandriva -- only menu.lst
boot/grub/ubuntu -- menu.lst, kernel and initrd
boot/grub/suse -- menu.lst, kernel and initrd
boot/grub/knoppix -- menu.lst, kernel and initrd
boot/grub/fedora -- menu.lst, kernel and initrd.gz
boot/cdrom -- directory for mandriva initrd
casper/ -- here the loopback image for kubuntu, the kernel and initrd
config.isoclient* -- this archive is for the kiwi system of Fedora
isolinux/ -- this isolinux directory is from the mandriva live cd, also i reuse it for tryng boot the dvd using this isolinux :P
KDE-Four-Live-read-only.i686-1.1.0* -- loopback image of SUSE 11
KNOPPIX/ -- for the knoppix image
LiveOS/ -- for the Fedora image
loopbacks/ -- for the mandriva image
preseed/ -- ubuntu files... i donīt know for what :P
ubuntu@ -- link from ubuntu

The metod that i choose for boot the live dvd is using grub with a structured menu.lst to choose the distro.

In these menu.lst i translate the isolinux.cfg setups of each livecd.

After i try with isolinux and these is the isolinux.cfg:

default Mandriva One KDE
prompt 1
timeout 40
gfxboot /boot/syslinux/bootlogo
label Mandriva One KDE
kernel /boot/vmlinuz
append initrd=/boot/cdrom/initrd.gz splash=silent vga=788

label SUSE 11 KDE 4.1
kernel /boot/suse/linux
append initrd=/boot/suse/initrd ramdisk_size=512000 ramdisk_blocksize=4096 splash=silent

label Fedora 9
kernel /boot/grub/fedora/vmlinuz0
append initrd=/boot/grub/fedora/initrd0.img rhgb root=CDLABEL=SFD rootfstype=iso9660 ro quiet liveimg

label Knoppix 5.1
kernel /boot/grub/knoppix/linux
append initrd=/boot/grub/knoppix/minirt.gz ramdisk_size=100000 init=/etc/init lang=es apm=power-off vga=791 nomce splash BOOT_IMAGE=knoppix

label Kubuntu Hardy
kernel /casper/vmlinuz
append initrd=/casper/initrd.gz boot=casper bootkbd=es quiet splash

Then i generate the iso image with this command:

genisoimage -V SFD -J -R -D -o sfd.iso -b isolinux/isolinux.bin -c isolinux/boot.catalog -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table

But Mandriva and Kubuntu donīt find the image of the filesystem. I test the iso image with Virtual Box in my Mandriva 2008.1

Can you help me?

In this image is the error for Mandriva:

See more caps in my blog:


PD: This custom live cd is my contribution for the Software Freedom Day event in Nicaragua n_n

Last edited by Israeru; 08-13-2008 at 01:08 PM.
Old 08-15-2008, 10:50 AM   #2
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Please have a look at these examples :

Also ... suggest : Bye one or more issues of
"Linux Format". They often have multiboot DVD's
with 2..5 distros included. Then you will see
very clearly, how it can be done.

Good Luck !


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