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Re: Parted w/o boot disk

From: Glenn McGrath
Subject: Re: Parted w/o boot disk
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 10:39:01 +1100

Andrew Clausen wrote:
> Glenn McGrath wrote:
> > I think the root image will have to be the initrd.
> Yes.
> > I think linux needs a patch to be able to load a root image from a
> > loopback device.
> Hint: initrd stands for "initial ram disk".  (loopback device?!)

Im sure you know loopback devices....
dd if=/dev/zero of=./loopy bs=1k count=2000
mkfs.ext2 ./loopy
mount -t ext2 ./loopy /mnt

If you patch the linux kernel you can load the root fs can be from a
loop filesystem.

Like you could have x-windows and gtk all in one big bloated loop file,
or just the parted rescue disk minus the kernel.

There is a distribution called looplinux that does this i think.


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