[syslinux] Creating a bootable partition on a USB disk with syslinux

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Tue Sep 11 08:35:22 PDT 2007

Ian Brown wrote:
> I know for sure that this is possible from DOS or Win32, according to
> /usr/share/doc/syslinux-3.36/syslinux.doc (I have syslinux-3.36).
> It says in that doc:
>   "Under DOS or Win32, you can install the SYSLINUX MBR with the -m
>   option to the SYSLINUX installer, and use the -a option to mark the
>   current partition active:
> 	syslinux -ma c:"
> But I work with Linux, and as I understand, there are no -a and -m options
> from Linux.
> " syslinux -h" gives:
> Usage: syslinux [-sf][-d directory][-o offset] device

The reason it's not supported in Linux is that it's a lot more complex
to find the "master device" in Linux, and in some cases (involving disk
images) it is actually impossible.


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