DragonFly kernel List (threaded) for 2003-11
Re: snapshots are broken
Matthew Dillon wrote:
:I need boot floppies on no less than three of my systems (two headless systemsThats fair. Maybe what we need is a floppy that can load what would be
the boot block of a cd and jump to it, running the cd as though it had
been booted. The floopy would, literally, be a bootstrap. No kernel,
etc, just a way to get a cd that has those things up and running. Maybe
this exists and I don't know about it.
:with no CD-ROM boot support and a laptop with PCMCIA CD-ROM and ethernet)...
:Galen Sampson wrote:
:> Define "BIOS disk". I would like to be able to boot from a floppy to
:> install. The machine I have running dragonfly doesn't support booting
:> from a CD at all....
:How about making a (non-DF-specific) floppy which boots the rest of the
:OS from a CD?
:I've seen (and used) a few Linux installs where we did this (via LILO)
:to boot from a secondary partition on a HD, when installing LILO to the
:MBR was not permissible. I don't know how different El Torito is from a
:normal boot record, though.
:Another option that I fancy is to use a Compact Flash card as a boot
:drive. I don't have much experience with this; but I did have a 386
:happily booting FreeBSD without any HDs, only a CF card in IDE emulation
I think it's more a question as to whether we should attempt to package
a kernel onto a floppy as part of the make release process. I would
argue that, likely, 95%+ of the people using DragonFly can either:
* boot from CD, or
* netboot (PXE), or
* just put bootblocks on a floppy which then boot off a BIOS
recognizes disk/CD, or
And that the remaining people will know enough to be able to build a
custom kernel and install it on a floppy. We could make this easier
by providing a 'imagekernel' target which goes the extra step of
taking the kernel binary generated from a buildkernel and creating a
floppy image suitable for dd'ing.
e.g. I don't think we need to integrate floppy generation as part of