[syslinux] mbr problem with pxelinux

Peter Jones pjones at redhat.com
Wed Jul 13 17:48:45 PDT 2005

On Wed, 2005-07-13 at 15:55 -0700, Adam Wynne wrote:
> I am having a problem where my newly cloned system (created using
> pxelinux) boots up with the filesystem mounted read-only.  It is then
> impossible to log in.
> This is what I have done so far:
> I boot the server using pxelinux.   Then there is a script in the
> ramdisk that is be used to create the filesystem (ext2), mount
> everything up, get a tar file containing all files from an identical
> system, and untar the files.  Then I installed the bootoader to the
> MBR using lilo -M /dev/hdc.

Er, and when you reboot it's coming up read-only?

> As far as I can tell, there are no settings in lilo.conf or fstab to
> set the filesystem to be mounted read-only.

Well, it's completely dependent on what's in your initrd and your

And it has absolutely nothing to do with pxelinux, from the sound of


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