On Thu, 19 Apr 2001, Guido Guenther wrote:
> (at the bottom) for an example.
Ah thanks - that would have helped a lot if I'd seen that before :-)
However there are a couple of points which don't seem to have matched my
1) Disk partitioning. I had a disk that had Irix on, however my first
problem was that the volume header wasn't big enough for a Linux kernel.
You state that you can use x and then g in fdisk to create a new partition
table, however that only works if the disc is clean and doesn't already
have an Irix partition on it. In my case since it already did have, x
just gave 'sorry there is no expert mode for SG partitions' (or something
similar). Having wiped the disc clean with:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda
for a few moments I could then do the x and g (thanks to someone on the
IRC channel for pointing the x, g thing out prior to you giving me that
2) OSLoadPartition - it seems to look at this a little late; i.e. if you
have an NFS Root kernel it ignores OSLoadPartition and still NFS roots -
so I needed to pass a root= option.
2) OSLoadOptions - the kernel I have (a 2.4.0) gets a string which is:
So if you:
setenv OSLoadOptions "root=/dev/sda1 ro"
The kernel actually sees:
So I had to do:
setenv OSLoadOptions " root=/dev/sda1 ro"
Which works like a dream. (Note the trailing space after the first " )
It is also useful to point out that it is the partition(8) in the options
that corresponds to the /dev/sda9 in the fdisk output.
Dave (Whose Indy, dino, now boots off its disc)
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