[techtalk] Problem with LILO & booting

Jeff phaedrus at thereactor.cleptoscastle.com
Wed Mar 1 23:10:28 EST 2000

On Wed, Mar 01, 2000 at 03:01:12PM -0600, Jeff Dike wrote:
> Sally_Hutchinson at Dell.com said:
> > AHA!  My DVD is bootable!  And I have a CD-RW!!!!
> > Will let you know if this works tonight... thanks Jeff!
> Cool.  Since it's a bit larger than a floppy, you can put a whole root 
> filesystem on it if you want.  I'm not sure that's a great idea, though.  /dev 
> likes to be writeable.  Burning a whole CD just for the MBR seems like a waste.

My SuSE 5.3 CD #5 is a boot CD with a full installation.  However, to
deal with the ro stuff, the disk has a compressed filesystem *image* on
it that is loaded onto a RAM disk.  This acts as the root partition
(thus, /dev is readable), and the CD can be mounted and used for

Just FYI, if you really want to figure out how to do the bootable CDs.
BTW, tell me how you did it ;)

(I don't have a burner myself, but I'm always curious, besides, I might
have to be making my own boot disks at school soon ;)
Version: 3.12
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