[syslinux] ramdisk_size

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Mon Nov 10 13:58:00 PST 2003

Geddes wrote:
> Hey All,
>  I'am using pxelinux to try and boot a 200meg uncompressed (approx 50 
> compressed) ramdisk onto a machine with 512meg of ram. It looks as though 
> I'am running out of memory (attempt to access beyond end of device error). 
> Is there a limit on what we put for ramdisk_size? Or Is there other
> limitations?

In general, once you get in the realm where the initrd
compressed+uncompressed > RAM/2 you're starting to see various kind of

The best way to avoid this is to bootstrap: load a small initrd which
gets the rest of the filesystem and puts it into a tmpfs.


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