I am tring to make an emergency recovery disk set. I am using the scheme
of one boot floppy (kernel only), a second root floppy (which loads into
a ramdisk after the kernel boots) and a third utility disk.
This seems simpler since you don't have to try and cram/compress a bunch of
stuff onto one or two floppys...also very flexible. I am using the "Bootkit"
utility to make these disks from Scott Burkett.
I understand that if a kernel is written to a floppy disk starting at the first
sector then lilo is not needed...it will boot itself....and it seems to be trying.
The "root" and "utility" disks seem to be fine when I mounted and checked them.
I figured the boot floppy would be the easiest thing, but that's what I'm hung
up on. I've used /vmlinuz, /vmlinus.gen and the kernel off the Linux backup
floppy created during RedHat/Caldera installation. I've also reconfigured and
recompiled the kernel and used that one (/usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/zImage),
and they all fail exactly the same way.....HELP!
These are the errors I get:
VFS: Disk change detected on device 2/0Quote:>>> kernal: loading compressed root disk image <<<
RAMDISK: Could not load image
VFS: Insert root floppy and press ENTERQuote:>>> kernel mounting root filesytem <<<
So, at this point I know I got a problem (prob. done something real dumb but
have no idea what) but figure let's see what happens....so I stick the root
disk in and hit ENTER and all hell breaks lose! We got children being created
and I think killed by the bajillions...racing across the screen. I guess it's
some kind of endless fork loop. So I pull the disk out and give it the three
finger salute and do some more head scratching.....any ideas as to what
I've screwed up?
p.s. apologize for the cross-post but the group I origonally posted to looked kind of
slow and I'm dead in the water till this one is straightened out.