Bug 65174 - boot image does not fit on device
boot image does not fit on device
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mkbootdisk (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Matt Wilson
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2002-05-19 07:30 EDT by Jean Berthomieu
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:42 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-02-19 01:47:40 EST
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Description Jean Berthomieu 2002-05-19 07:30:56 EDT
Description of Problem: 
mkbootdisk fails to make a bootable floppy because       
there is not enough space        
on device 
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):        
How Reproducible: 
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        
Actual Results: 
mkbootdisk can't fit boot files on a 1.44 Mb floppy       
Expected Results: 
Trim down the requirements to the very minimal set (e.g.  
drop support for any non-root device), to have a "bootable" floppy.       
Additional Information: 
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 
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2003-02-19 01:47:40 EST
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
some space.

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