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Old 08-22-2005, 05:33 AM   #1
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Boot x86 target from flash, with the image and file system on the x86 host.

I am exploring the nfs boot of Fedora 3 for x86 platform. I have two x86 m/c. One(host) is

loaded with FC3 . The other (target) has only blank IDE flash dive.

My plan is :

1.Prepare kernel image "at the host for the target". (Pls note that host and target both are

x86. )
2.Prepare file system "at the host for the target".
3.NFS mount the kernel image and the file system at host.
4.Connect the flash to the host burn the flash with kernel image
5.Connect the flash to the target and power on the target.
6.The target will, download the image from the host; mounts file sys and boots.

The flash should have some boot loader like u-boot or lilo or grub along with the kernel

image. I am not sure whether bootloader + kernel image can be mixed together and put into

the flash. The other solution may be to put only the bootloader onto the flash. When the

target is powered on with the IDE flash, the (boot loader+ kernel image) OR (the boot

loader) should start up the x86 platform. Pls note that the kernel image, file system etc

are kept on the host system by nfs mount.

Any pointer to the above will be of great help.

Old 08-22-2005, 10:07 PM   #2
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You need to put only bootloader in IDE FLASH.
But I didn't get what's the real advantage ?
Whats the size of IDE FLASH?
Old 08-23-2005, 12:09 AM   #3
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I would like to know the way to put the boot loader along with the kernel image onto IDE flash.

The idea behind doing this is to get myself familiar with the standard process to do the tasks.

The size of IDE flash is 32MB. Is there any dependency on the flash size?



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