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mkparted for creating bootable parted floppy

From: kent robotti
Subject: mkparted for creating bootable parted floppy
Date: 20 Mar 2001 23:50:47 -0800

>Hi Kent,

>That was quick work.  This looks very good (for i386 anyways).

>A couple of thing I wonder about.

>Should you include the option to boot on a partition? This may
>confuse more than help and an experience Linux user would
>probably already have a recovery disk.

I don't think it's confusing, this is the boot message.

   .~.    You can boot a linux system on a partition by telling syslinux
   /V\    where the partition is.
 /(_|_)\  IDE & SCSI Partitions: /dev/hda[1-15] /dev/sda[1-15] etc.
  ^^ ^^
boot: linux root=/dev/hda2                <Boot linux system on /dev/hda2>
boot: linux root=/dev/hda2 single         <Bypass init>
boot: linux root=/dev/hda2 init=/bin/sh   <Specify init>

You can also tell syslinux to boot a system into ram that's on
a second floppy disk, the floppy can be formatted to 1.44mb.

boot: rama   "Put rama for floppy drive a, ramb for floppy drive b!"

To boot the ram parted system on this floppy disk, just press enter.

boot: parted foo=boo   "If you want to pass options to the kernel!"

>What would the rama/ramb disk be used for?  I think this may
>also confuse unless it is pointed out for some specific use.

To boot a compressed linux system on a second floppy.

>Maybe the initial prompted in message.txt should be something like;

>"Hit return to boot parted"
>"Hit F1 to see other options"

Maybe, it may border on being confusing.

>then define a "F1 param.txt" in /tmp/floppy/syslinux.cfg

>Where you give the "linux root=" option and the "parted foo=bar"

>Good work,
>   Keith


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