: >> At this point the kernel boots normally until it says:
: >> Mounting root /linux is there VFS: Mounted root (umsdos
: >> filesystem)
: >> and hangs. What I expect to happen is to get a login: prompt so
: >> that I can then run setup to load the rest of the OS.
: Myles> First, you are not supposed to make the \linux directory
: Myles> yourself. The setup program does that. But the real
: Myles> problem is that you're specifying a root partition without
: Myles> the necessary programs. Have you ever seen DOS boot
: Myles> without a command.com? That's what you're doing with
: Myles> Linux. What would really help here (developers!) is a DOS
: Myles> version of tar that supports UMSDOS, so you could put all
: Myles> the A series files in place before booting. For now, the
: Myles> only solution I can see is to borrow an external floppy
: Myles> drive and put the root disk in it.
: I was hoping that the root disk image would have the equivalent of
: command.com in it.
: Yeah, a UMSDOS-aware version of TAR for DOS would be nice. I tried
: building as much of the filesystem as I could from the A disks using a
: DOS TAR, but it couldn't handle a few of the (important) file formats
: (like the /dev files).
: There's an interesting distribution called mini-linux which someone
: pointed me to. I haven't loaded it yet, but it looks like the author
: built a UMSDOS system and then zipped it. I was going to do this to
: solvemy problem, but there's no sense re-inventing the wheel. The
: package is at sunsite.unc.edu in /pub/Linux/distributions.
I did sort of the same thing. I got MiniLinux because the floppy on my
machine went bad, and it's a pain to change, and I didn't feel like
waiting to install Linux :)
I just installed MiniLinux (it's Slackware) and then installed the
packages I wanted afterwards.
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