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Old 07-08-2001, 11:34 AM   #1
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Question Floppy BootDisk

I was wondering...

how can I create a new BootDisk (floppy 3.5 inch) in Linux... (or in Windows)
I have RedHat 7.1 and to access it; I need a bootDisk... (now, for the moment I have one and it works fine, so no problems with it - yet, ahum )
Could I also create a boot-disk from windows...
Or could I execute the 'loadlin' cmd from within windows (I have win2000 so it would be a cmd-wnd while windows runs)???

Say, I would like to recompile my Kernel... Would this mean that I have to create a new bootDisk, or does the bootDisk only refers to the device (hda1) where the /boot directory is?

Some explanation please...

Thomas (yes, yes, a newbie to )
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Old 07-08-2001, 11:48 AM   #2
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I'm not sure of what command in RH you use to create boot disks, but as for your other questions...

AFAIK you wouldn't be able to run loadlin from within Win2K, as it would cause an illegal operation when it trys to load the kernel and directly access the hardware so Windows would kill it off (or crash, take you pick of the most likely option!)

As for the boot disks then yeah, you will need to recreate them if you change your kernel, assuming you want the same kernel on your boot disk as you do on the system. The kernel resides on the floppy itself, so it really only refeers to the where to find the root file system , hence you can rebuild your kernel without changing the boot disks, but you're kernel version on the boot disks will not longer match the system. This isn't a problem so long as you don't do something like convert a file system to ReiserFS, and forget that your boot disk doesn't support ReiserFS then need to boot from the disk to get to files on the now non-acccessable ReiserFS partition.




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