RE: [mu PROGRESS] muLinux on machines with 2M?

From: Yves Miossec (y.miossec@wanadoo.fr)
Date: Thu Nov 02 2000 - 12:02:12 CET


Hi,

I tried this new method for 386/4M

MAKER.BAT floppy formatting seems OK,
But I get the message :

gzip : ROOT.gz:decompression OK, trailing garbage ignored
Disk A: Heads:2 Tracks:82 Sectors:21 Bytes sectors:512
Writing Error: (R)etry or (C)ancel?

I tried with two different new floppy disks with no difference.

A solution ?

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Yves Miossec - - - - - - - - - - - y.miossec@wanadoo.fr
LÚognan - Gironde
France

> -----Message d'origine-----
> De: Michele Andreoli [mailto:andreoli@tin.it]De la part de Michele
> Andreoli
> Date: dimanche 29 octobre 2000 16:51
> └: mulinux@sunsite.auc.dk
> Objet: [mu PROGRESS] muLinux on machines with 2M?
>
>
> Hi folks,
>
> I restructured a little the DOSTOOLS.zip archive to manage installation
> from DOS in lowmem machines. Other archives are absolutely unchanged,
> i.e. you have to download only DOSTOOLS.zip.
>
> Descriptions
> -------------------
>
> I simply added some new .bat scripts and two news DOS command
>
> fdformat.exe and rawrite2.exe
>
> patched by Miguel Angel, to deal with 1722k disk format.
> Now the stage of unpack the mulinux-version.tgz is demanded to a new
> script: unpack.bat, so other scripts do not try to do the same,
> with error.
>
> So the "first stage" for a DOS installer is:
>
> c:> pkunzip DOSTOOLS.zip
> c:> unpack
>
> The unpack command extract the ROOT.gz and the main archive.
>
> A this point, it has three different methods:
>
> 1) boot.bat ( machines with no floppy drive at all)
> 2) makefi.bat (formerly makefd.bat): suggested for NT
> 3) maker.bat and lowmem.bat (make root): for lowmem machines
>
> 1) and 2) are identical to previous versions.
> The really new scripts are "maker.bat" and "lowmem.bat".
>
> The maker.bat (make root) does that:
>
> 1) superformat a floppy disk to 1722k
> 2) uncompress with gzip.exe the ROOT.gz
> 3) raw-write it to the floppy.
>
> We have now the ROOT floppy disk: this is muLinux in a floppy 1722k,
> but in plain form, i.e. not compressed (it took about 1.6M).
>
> If the user a this point will run "lowme.bat", loadlin will start
> Linux and, after boot, the kernel will asks:
>
> "Please insert the ROOT floppy"
>
> The user insert the previously made ROOT disk and the kernel will
> mount the floppy as own root filesystem, using 0 RAM for the
> filesystem itself.
>
> Please, when the Dos-Installer blue screen appair, use "UMSDOS direct
> installation", because "Floppy Installation" cannot work now: the
> floppy disk is blocked-in as root filesystem! Do not extract the floppy!
>
> Call for 386/4M beta-testers
> -----------------------------
>
> Please, download the new DOSTOOLS.zip and test for me if the
> pair "maker.bat" and "lowmem.bat" works fine or not.
>
> Michele
> --
> "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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