[syslinux] MEMDISK and partition images

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Wed Jan 22 00:34:53 PST 2003

newsgroups at asd-group.com wrote:
> I just discovered the wonderful world of ISOLINUX/MEMDISK while 
> investigating how to make a boot CD that doesnt have floppy disk
> size limitations on its boot images.
> One thing has struck me as very odd about MEMDISK though - its
> support for hard disk images is restricted to physical disk images
> (ie. containing MBR/partition table).
> It doesnt support individual partition images, despite the fact
> that these seem the most natural to use in this context:
> - MEMDISK itself provides one RAM "partition", so only uses partition 1
>   of a physical disk image anyway

Wrong.  You can have any number of partitions.

The biggest problem, though, is that you don't know what geometry you 
need if you don't have a partition table to look at.


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