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Recipe 10.12. Creating a Boot Disk on Red Hat

10.12.1 Problem

You forgot to create a boot diskette when you installed your Linux system, and now you want to make one. You know how to create a GRUB or LILO boot diskette, and you know that you can download and burn a nice Knoppix disk for free. But all you really want is a nice little generic boot diskette for your Red Hat/Fedora system.

10.12.2 Solution

Use the mkbootdisk utility and a new, blank diskette. You must specify the kernel name:

$ mkbootdisk vmlinuz-2.6.5-1.358

mkbootdisk, by default, does not generate any output. You can turn on verbosity:

$ mkbootdisk --verbose vmlinuz-2.6.5-1.358

If your floppy drive is not /dev/fd0, you must specify the device name:

$ mkbootdisk --device /dev/fd1 vmlinuz-2.6.5-1.358

10.12.3 Discussion

Remember to write-protect your diskette by moving the little slide up, so that the slide is open. Always test boot disks before putting them away, and be sure to keep it with the system it was created on.

10.12.4 See Also

  • mkbootdisk(8)

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