[syslinux] extlinux & symbolic links

Ryan Wilson rwilson.cart at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 10:44:37 PDT 2007

On 7/24/07, H. Peter Anvin <hpa at zytor.com> wrote:
> Hm... that sounds like a very bad thing.  Is your /boot a separate
> partition?  If so, would you be willing to dd it up and send me a copy?
>  If not, could you try to reproduce this on a small partition, say on a
> USB stick?
> The "boot failed" message means extlinux has gone off the rails and is
> trying to access disk that doesn't exist.  Symbolic links obviously
> shouldn't do that, so I suspect that you might have exposed a serious
> bug.  I would greatly appreciate your assistance in tracking it down.
>         -hpa

Right now, /boot is not on a separate partition. What do you mean by
reproducing it on a small partition? Did you mean to just put the
contents of /boot on a USB stick by itself and see if extlinux would
boot it? I'll try separating /boot onto its own partition and see what

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