LILO 10 doesn't recognize /etc/lilo/disktab

LILO 10 doesn't recognize /etc/lilo/disktab

Post by Ed Ca » Tue, 06 Jul 1993 13:30:41

I just got a new SCSI controller for my system, and decided to try it out.
So, LILO tells me that I need to build /etc/lilo/disktab, so I run
from MSDOS and copy the parameters into /etc/lilo/disktab, then rerun lilo.
Doesn't work!

HDIO_REQ not supported for your SCSI controller. Please use /etc/lilo/disktab

Her's what /etc/lilo/disktab looks like:

# /etc/lilo/disktab  -  LILO disk parameter table
# This table contains disk parameters for SCSI disks and non-
# standard parameters of IDE disks. Parameters in disktab
# _always_ override auto-detected disk parameters.

# Dev.  BIOS    Secs/   Heads/  Cylin-  Part.
# num.  code    track   cylin.  ders    offset
#                                      (optional)

#0x800  0x80    32      64      202     0       # /dev/sda
0x800   0x80    63      15      113
0x803   0x80    63      15      113

So ... why isn't lilo picking it up??????

"I've met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely
 superior."      -- Hippolyte Taine  (1828-1893)


LILO 10 doesn't recognize /etc/lilo/disktab

Post by Ed Ca » Tue, 06 Jul 1993 14:22:41


I found out what the problem was, after playing with the code and carefully
reading user.tex in the doc/ directory.  It turns out that that partition
offset IS necessary!  Well ... how do I figure this out?  I haven't a

Here's what my partition table looks like:

Disk /dev/sda: 15 heads, 63 sectors, 1632 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 945 * 512 bytes

   Device Boot  Begin   Start     End  Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1         394     394    1795  662445    5  Extended
Partition 1 has different phsyical/logical endings:
     phys=(770,14,63) logical=(1794,14,63)
/dev/sda2   *       1       1     131   61897    6  DOS 16-bit >=32M
Partition 2 has different physical/logical beginnings:
     phys=(0,1,1) logical=(0,0,2)
/dev/sda3         132     132     262   61897+  81  Linux/MINIX
/dev/sda4         263     263     393   61897+   6  DOS 16-bit >=32M
/dev/sda5         394     394     827  205064+  81  Linux/MINIX
/dev/sda6         828     828    1261  205064+  81  Linux/MINIX
/dev/sda7         238    1262    1296   16537   82  Linux swap
/dev/sda8         273    1297    1795  235777   81  Linux/MINIX

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I don't know how, but somehow when I try to update lilo and I run
/sbin/lilo, I get the message:
/etc/lilo.conf: No such file or directory

I run 'file /etc/lilo.conf' and it confirms that the file is there and
nothing else is unusual about it.

Running lilo -v only shows the credits to the author then prints that same

Running lilo -C /etc/lilo.conf gives the same message.

I've verified that all files I refer to within lilo.conf are valid.

I've also put "garbage" at the first line of the file and gotten no error,
which makes me think that lilo really isn't able to open the file for some

Anyone have any idea what could be causing this?

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