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Old 11-04-2003, 08:23 PM   #1
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boot image

I have read a few different ways in dealing with bzImage after compiling the kernel, some HOW-TO's have you make links to and your linux kernel in '/boot' or just '/' and others just have you copy the bzImage to /boot and configure lilo to boot that way. I am confused at what each method has to offer and what some of you prefer. The correct kernel boots in my system but I dont really understand why I set it up the way I did and that bothers me.
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The first method you mention will conserve disk space by having only one copy of bzImage (with it's
companion /lib/modules), with a link in /boot to point to bzImage.
The second method offers more versatility, by allowing more than one version of the kernel (each
with it's own /lib/modules), but uses much more disk space because there will be more than
one copy of bzImage and more than copy of /lib/modules.
If you have plenty of hard disk, but not much ram, you may want to compile several copies of the
kernel, each with it's own set of capabilities (but much smaller) , and each with it's own /lib/modules,
for special purpose work, or different hardware setups. Or, you may want to try the latest and
greatest test kernel, along with a tried and true kernel, at the expense of hard disk real estate.
But that's it in a nutshell.
Old 11-04-2003, 10:07 PM   #3
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Thanks, that makes sense. Now onto my current conifg. ls -la will show links correct? When I execute that command in /boot it shows this: ->
vmlinuz -> vmlinuz-2.4.2

lilo.conf shows:



in '/' there is:

Now from what I can tell the links that I made are not being used but when I update my kernel the config chages I make do take effect. I must add that I am using "make bzlilo". But even if that does effect something this configuration makes no sense to me as I did it when I first installed the system.


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