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Creating linux boot/root floppy for RedHat Linux 4.0

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I need to know the step by step procedure to create a linux
boot/root floppy os that i can boot put a customized kernel
on that floppy and check whether it is okay or not ?
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Question by:krishss
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A bootable floppy can be made by putting a formatted floppy
in your A: drive, and using the following command for building
the kernel:

           make zdisk

This will create the zImage file and copy  it to the floppy.
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If you're using lilo you can try your kernel anyway.

0. (cd /usr/src/linux

1. make config (or make mwnuconfig)

2. make dep

3. make clean

4. make zImage

Now you'll find your new kernel in /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot
(The name is zImage)

Renname the new kernel to something and copy it to /boot.
(cp /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/zImage /boot/zImage.tmp

Now you can add a entry for your new kernel in /etc/lilo.conf
and then run /sbin/lilo.

Now you can chose which kernel you like too boot.


If you just want the kernnel on a floppy do a make zdisk instead of make zImage in step 4.
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