Re: [OT] Installing muLinux from floppy

From: Renato (
Date: Wed Jan 26 2000 - 15:40:15 CET


I am trying to make a Frankenstein based on an good old mainboard (386DX40 + 8M) and a 40MB laptop hard disk, without floppy drive (unfortunately I have no working 5-1/4 floppies anymore).
I cloned a UMSDOS mulinux installation to the HD but I could not configure it to work as master drive.
Do you know if the procedure you sugest below would work if I used root=/dev/hdb1 (first slave HD partition eith no master HD)?


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On 23/01/00 at 23:43 Michele Andreoli wrote:

>On Sun, Jan 23, 2000 at 09:52:22PM -0000, Owen Kelly nicely wrote:
>> Hi,
>> This is a trivial question, but is it possible to get mulinux to boot from a
>> hard disk, rather than a floppy?
>muLinux ran in RAM, but can be "cloned" in HD. Recent muLinux run also
>from read-only devices. Please, issue "clone" a the prompt but, first,
>issue "help" and read any doc you find, or you destroy your data.
>>Ive been trying with tomsrtbt disk, to no
>> success, but Im no guru either. I have an old 486 laptop with 8 megs of
>> ram, and a 4 gig disk, but no OS on the disk, Id primarily like to use Linux
>> on it and run it as a web server in a tiny little corner of my office, but I
>> havent had much luck getting things to run so far. What I basically want to
>> do is have a minimal OS on the disk, and perhaps add in the extras disks
>> from muLinux to also end up on the hard disk aswell.
>muLinux is perfect for that. But if you has no OS on your first disk,
>you have to install LILO on it, to boot muLinux.
>1) issue, clone and select Ext2 model of cloning
>2) specify /dev/null when clone ask you for a BOOT partition
>When cloning process finished, issue
> # liloconfig
>this will put LILO on your bootable disk.
>If you got problem installing LILO, use the first floppy to start
>muLinux. When the string "boot:" appairs, write that:
> boot: mulinux root=/dev/hdxy
>If your disk is primary, and has only a partition,
> root=/dev/hda1
>do the work.
>> Is there a simple way to do this? Or am I being naive, and someone else has
>> already documented it? ;)
>Thousand people cloned muLinux: I hope it works also for you.
>I'd like to conclude with a positive statement, but I can't
>remember any. Would two negative ones do? -- Woody Allen
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