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Old 05-21-2004, 04:11 PM   #1
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mkbootdisk -iso on Mandrake?


Is it possible to create a boot ISO in Mandrake 10.0? I need to create a boot disk to a CD as I do not have a floppy drive.

I know Red Hat uses the command mkbootdisk -iso, but when I tried it, I get the error

/lib/modules/-iso is not a directory

The command I am typing is

mkbootdisk --iso --device /home/ricardo/Desktop/

Any Ideas?

Is there another way to create a boot CD from Mandrake?
 
Old 05-21-2004, 05:15 PM   #2
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If I try mkbootdisk, I get an error

bash: mkbootdisk: command not found

Is this not a valid command in Mandrake?
 
Old 05-21-2004, 05:51 PM   #3
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You could use the command:
mkrescue --iso

The mkbootdisk command doesn't have an --iso option on the script for mandrake. Both commands are actually script files, so it may be possible to study the mkrescue script and alter the mkbootdisk script to add this option. Off-hand I think it is written in PERL.

The rescue cd produced has a couple diagnostic options, a rescue boot, and options to boot the system on HD. This last option I mentioned is like a normal boot disk.
 
Old 05-21-2004, 07:46 PM   #4
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Unfortuantely the commands mkbootdisk & mkrescue do not exist in terminal. I'm going to try to see if there is an option when booting from the CD (rescue) for make boot disk.
 
Old 05-21-2004, 07:55 PM   #5
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No luck. There is not option for a boot disk when booting from the install CD and choosing rescue. I also went to the command prompt & still no mkbootdisk or mkrescue.
 
Old 05-21-2004, 07:57 PM   #6
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The mkbootdisk is installed in the mkbootdisk package.
The mkrescue command is from the lilo package.
They are located in the /sbin directory. Be sure to su to root first. Then you can access them.
type
locate mkbootdisk
and
locate mkrescue
I know that mandrake supplies these scripts because that's the distro I use.
 
Old 05-21-2004, 09:00 PM   #7
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jschiwal. I found it. That's great. Next question. I tried the mkboot -iso -device /home/jxk7581/Desktop/ and I still get the error.

Is there a way to burn the boot to an iso fro a CD?

I really appreciate your help.
 
Old 05-24-2004, 04:36 AM   #8
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The mkbootdisk script is really written for making floppies. And since it won't fit on a floppy, this command is currently useless unless you have a higher capacity floppy drive.

Try the mkrescue --iso instead.
Another workable option is to study a make boot disk howto, or the mkbootdisk script, and produce one manually, or write your own mkbootcd script.

The mkbootdisk --dev option will allow you to select a different device, but it is for using a different size floppy. The first thing the mkbootdisk program does is to format the device in the msdos format.

mkrescue --iso will have a menu option that is the equivalent of a boot disk.
 
Old 05-24-2004, 10:02 AM   #9
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Thanks. I think this may be my first "project" as I decided to wipe out Windows altogether. No better way to learn than to jump in feet (or head) first.
 
  


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