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Old 06-08-2004, 07:58 PM   #1
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What are these files (/boot) for?

Hey all,

I'm on Slack-current, and I have a quick question about the files in /boot (listed below):

bash-2.05b# ls /boot boot_message.txt map vmlinuz-2.4.26 boot.0302 config-ide-2.4.26 vmlinuz vmlinuz-2.6.6

What are the following files for: boot.0302, config-ide-2.4.26, and map? Thanks, if it turns out that they are not needed, i'd like rm them to keep it clean.



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Old 06-08-2004, 08:41 PM   #2
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google it, but it's in your /boot so it probably part of the os
Old 06-08-2004, 08:54 PM   #3
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"What are the following files for: boot.0302, config-ide-2.4.26, and map? Thanks, if it turns out that they are not needed, i'd like rm them to keep it clean."

config-ide-2.4.26 is the configuration file used for compiling your kernel. You need this only if you plan on compiling a kernel from source.

boot.0302 is a backup copy of the MBR before lilo was installed. You could conceivably use dd to copy boot.0302 to the MBR and restore the MBR to its pre-lilo condition. is a map of the kernel that you can use to help you debug a kernel core file. If you are not planning on debugging the kernel you can live without this file.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

Steve Stites


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