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Old 12-23-2003, 12:39 PM   #31
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of course I can't do any of that if it's mounted as slave drive on a redhat macchine, plus I'd have t work out how chroot works, it was that that lost me loads of files when I tried to upgrade my hard drive a couple of weeks ago. Still everything is now backed up, so I think I'll just reinstall and try again using your "debian method", thanks for the help
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You can;
you can mount the drive with mount etc as above;
you can also create a floppy boot disk using the following method;

Creation of a floppy with LILO on MBR:

Lilo is the "Boot Loader" for Linux which typically resides on the MBR of your hard drive. This may easily get wiped out on a multiboot system where a re-loading of the Windows operating system will reload the MBR. If the MBR is overwritten and LILO removed, there will be no way of booting to Linux. Thus it is wise to have a floppy with LILO residing on the MBR of the floppy which can point the system to boot off of the Linux kernel residing on your hard drive. Here is how it is created:

fdformat /dev/fd0 # Lay tracks on new diskette
mkfs -t minix /dev/fd0 # Create minix file system on floppy
cp -p /boot/chain.b /floppy # Copy chain loader from Debian system (/mnt/boot....
cp -p /boot/boot* /floppy #/mnt/boot....
lilo -v -C /etc/lilo.floppy # Install lilo and the map onto floppy

Note that LILO sets the MBR to the settings as defined by the configuration file /etc/lilo.floppy.

Sample file: /etc/lilo.floppy
boot=/dev/fd0 - Floppy drive (Location of Lilo boot sector)
map=/mnt/floppy/map - Locations on hard drive where the kernel can be found for boot
linear - Specific to SCSI configurations
timeout=50 - Give the user time to decide (number of seconds) if there are multiple choices
image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.18-k7 - Boot this Linux kernel. This depends on your release of the operating system.
root=/dev/sdb6 - System instructed to boot from this drive. It is unique to your system. It could be /dev/hda4, it depends on your installation.
initrd=/boot/initrd.img-2.4.18-k7 - This is specific to systems using SCSI hard drives. This line is omitted for IDE.


Actual kernel name and version will depend on your Linux release.
Most of the information for /etc/lilo.floppy should be copied from /etc/lilo.conf
Actual names for the files to be used may be seen in the directory /boot
The file initrd-2.2.17-14.img is required by systems using modular SCSI support.
It is generated using the command: mkinitrd /boot/initrd-2.2.17-14.img 2.2.17-14
and should also be copied to the floppy.

You could also mod your RH (Lilo or grub) boot method to include the Debian system and therefore boot the Debian system (multiboot option).

Last edited by TigerOC; 12-23-2003 at 01:05 PM.


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