Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 65174
boot image does not fit on device
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:42:40 EDT
Description of Problem:
mkbootdisk fails to make a bootable floppy because
there is not enough space
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Sometimes, but not always.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. build any system needing an "initrd" file
2. this system fails to make a bootable disk at installation time
3. later, this system cannot make a bootable floppy at run time
mkbootdisk can't fit boot files on a 1.44 Mb floppy
Trim down the requirements to the very minimal set (e.g.
drop support for any non-root device), to have a "bootable" floppy.
This event is not a true bug, since increased kernel sizes make this issue
hopeless. It has already been spotted in several bugs numbers, in mkbootdisk
or anaconda. "dietlibc" just helps to set this limit a step farther. Another
fix could be to make a boot image on a broader set of support (zip, cd,...) or
as a hd file that can be burned elsewhere. Maybe this palliative is already
available, but as not been emphasized enough as this problem is more likely to
We've added a --iso paramaeter in Red Hat Linux 8.0 so you can create a bootable
iso image. Also, what we put on the boot disk has been trimmed a bit to save