[syslinux] extlinux reports "./extlinux: path /media/disk doesn't match device /dev/sda4"

Casual Programmer casualprogrammer at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 23 12:01:03 PST 2008

Hello list,

in a previous post I mentioned I had managed to make
USB-Stick with 2048
byte sectors bootable. In fact I wiped out my Linux
bootrecord. This was with an old version of extlinux
as still
distributed by openSuSE. 

Interestingly enough the current version
syslinux-3.61-pre2, spares my
hard disk, but still seems to live under the
impression it is the USB

The setup is as follows:

Hard disk /dev/sda with 4 partitions
/dev/sda1 Windows XP
/dev/sda2 Windows XP
/dev/sda3 Linux Swap
/dev/sda4 openSuSE root

The USB stick is /dev/sdb with two partitions

issuing extlinux -i /media/disk ( the mount point for
according to openSuSE ) results in:

./extlinux -i /media/disk
/media/disk is device /dev/sda4
./extlinux: path /media/disk doesn't match device

The extlinux.sys is in fact written to /dev/sdb1 with
the present
version, the old version does write it to /dev/sda4
and makes the grub
boot sector unusable.

Explanations / Theories welcome.


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