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Old 08-26-2005, 05:05 AM   #1
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grub / explanation of the kernel (vmlinuz) parameters


These days I start my Mandriva with the following grub parameters (in the grub command line or in the menu.lst file):
root (hd0,8)
kernel (hd0,8)/boot/vmlinuz- root=/dev/hda9 resume=/dev/hda7 splash= silent vga=788
initrd (hd0,8)/boot/initrd-
It works, but I would like to know:
- what does the "resume" option do ?
- is "resume=/dev/hda7" consistent with "root=/dev/hda9"?
- what means "splash" and "silent" ?

Thanks for your help !
Old 08-26-2005, 05:55 AM   #2
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The resume option should point to your swap partition. It's where the details of your current setup will be stored if the system hibernates. Usefull for laptops. You don't need it if you're not going to use that feature. I don't know about the splash option. That's probably some Mandrake specific patch that they've applied to the kernel.


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