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Old 11-06-2003, 06:31 PM   #1
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Non-interactive LILO boot


I read somewhere that you can boot LILO non interactive but still go interactive by holding down ctrl at start up or something, how do you do this? I don't really want to screw about in the boot sector much more without clear instructions as i worry for it's health....

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Old 11-06-2003, 06:50 PM   #2
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Quoting the lilo-readme
Code:
The boot prompt
===============

Immediately after it's loaded, LILO checks whether one of the following is 
happening:

  - any of the [Shift], [Control] or [Alt] keys is pressed. 
  - [CapsLock] or [ScrollLock] is set. 

If this is the case, LILO displays the boot: prompt and waits for the name 
of a boot image (i.e. Linux kernel or other operating system). Otherwise, 
it boots the default boot image* or - if a delay has been specified - waits 
for one of the listed activities until that amount of time has passed.
Cheers,
Tink

P.S.: If I managed to find it, so could you ;)
 
Old 11-06-2003, 06:57 PM   #3
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assumptions, patronising comments and sarcasm are the pleasure of most experienced linux users it seems, something i better get used to obviously... - you assume i would even know where to look for said readme and an indication of how you did find it would be much more helpful, rather than vague terse replies ended with a friendly dig

and i'll return your wink ;-)

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Old 11-06-2003, 08:40 PM   #4
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Originally posted by dibblethewrecke
assumptions, patronising comments and sarcasm are the pleasure of most experienced linux users it seems, something i better get used to obviously... - you assume i would even know where to look for said readme and an indication of how you did find it would be much more helpful, rather than vague terse replies ended with a friendly dig

and i'll return your wink ;-)
What to say :}

Unfortunately the locations of files are
fairly distro dependent... a way to find
the readme in a generic fashion would
be to
Code:
[tink@notbock:~]$locate README | grep lilo
In my distro of choice, Slackware, all pre-installed
readme's live in
/usr/doc/<program name/version mumble>

As a rule of thumb, there's nothing you can't
find (given it's installled properly) using
either of the following things or combinations
thereof:
man -k <topic>
man -k <topic> | grep <narrow down>
locate <thing in question if it's software>

HIH ... and I didn't mean to be patronising,
but just plain evil ;}


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 11-07-2003, 03:54 AM   #5
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Cool.

In your answer you have a few, er, commands for the command line:

locate - which seems self explan
grep - ? seen it about but what does it mean, no wait, i figured it out myself, that'd be the name of what you're looking for.
man - suspect it has something to do with manuals but dunno

I know "-k " would therefore be an option for man but what's -k for?

And, before anyone says anything, yes, I could prolly find all this stuff on google or by reading all the manuals (if i knew where they were) and when i get a clue i will, till then i'll be making full use of this forum cos that's what it's here for.

Cheers, Tink, that helped.


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Old 11-07-2003, 06:58 AM   #6
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Hi!

man is for reading manuals. If you type
man ls
in a terminal you would get the manual for 'ls'

man -k means search man pages for keyword. If you type
man -k boot
you would get a list of all man pages containing the keyword boot. Lilo is in that list (at least on my machine).

grep takes lines from standard input and returns lines with a special keyword. If you have a text file "myfriends.txt" with phone numbers to all of your friends and want all numbers to people named "Martin" you'd type
cat myfriends.txt | grep Martin

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Originally posted by dibblethewrecke
In your answer you have a few, er, commands for the command line:
Betcha ;) ... that's the "power of tux"!

Quote:
locate - which seems self explan
grep - ? seen it about but what does it mean, no wait, i figured it out myself, that'd be the name of what you're looking for.
man - suspect it has something to do with manuals but dunno

I know "-k " would therefore be an option for man but what's -k for?
Martin already said it, but a
man man
would have been the way to go ;)

Quote:
And, before anyone says anything, yes, I could prolly find all this stuff on google or by reading all the manuals (if i knew where they were) and when i get a clue i will, till then i'll be making full use of this forum cos that's what it's here for.

Cheers, Tink, that helped.

:D
Well now ... we've stated how to find man pages,
now you have no more excuses ;)
Some of which, one has to say, are not as good
as they could be. Some are too brief, others too
exhaustive. But in general you should be getting
along with man quite well (And the program related
readme and other doc's that is ;})

Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 11-08-2003, 06:00 AM   #8
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Smile

cheers, guys, that's all really useful. ill be trying all that, i take it

man man

is a manuals manual?

and as far as reading the readme's goes...i always read 'em! it's just i've not known where to find them with linux. now i know, i'lll do my best but i'll be back, oh yes.....

mwaaahahahahaha

etc

cheers,
phil
 
  


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