[syslinux] Syslinux: Multi-Disks [feature]

Christian Marg christian.marg at tu-clausthal.de
Tue Mar 11 16:55:00 PST 2003

Christian Marg wrote:

>> We - as most other distributions too - are running in the problem that
>> even minimalistc kernels are slowly growing and sometimes don't fit on
>> 1.44 MB floppies anymore.
> The following  is of course no solution for the kernel size growing 
> beyond 1.44MB. 

Of course I am just describing quick and dirty workarounds, but why not 
use some existing tools to solve a Problem?
Here is my Idea for booting Kernels bigger than 1.44Mb with 1.44Mb 
First Bootdisk:
Boot DOS (or any other usable OS)
Build ramdisk big enough for the whole kernel file
Load first chunk of Kernelfile to ramdisk
Ask for second disk
Second Bootdisk:
Load second chunk of kernel to ramdisk and concatenate both chunks
and so on and so forth until the whole Kernel file is on the ramdisk.
Use Loadlin (boot a Kernel from DOS) and Boot the kernel from the Ramdisk.

Perhaps it'd work? I'm just trying to discuss Ideas to solve your 
Problem. Sorry if they aren't very elegant.


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