Bug 89918 - Updated 2.4.20-9 kernel too large for boot disk
Updated 2.4.20-9 kernel too large for boot disk
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mkinitrd (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael Fulbright
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2003-04-29 15:29 EDT by Jim Shanks
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:53 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-06-10 23:51:39 EDT
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Description Jim Shanks 2003-04-29 15:29:04 EDT
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Description of problem:
The updated i686 kernel 2.4.20-9 is too large for a boot disk.  Image file
created as /tmp/mkbootdisk.JbDgf1 is 147560 bytes.  A standard 1.44 floppy holds
only 1464320 bytes.  This is related to bug #89727, but seems to apply to kernel
images other than just SMP.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. mkbootdisk --device /dev/fd0 2.4.20-9

Actual Results:  Insert a disk in /dev/fd0. Any information on the disk will be
Press <Enter> to continue or ^C to abort:
cp: writing `/tmp/mkbootdisk.JbDgf1/initrd.img': No space left on device
cat: write error: No space left on device
cat: write error: No space left on device
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Expected Results:  Should create a working boot disk.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2003-06-10 23:51:39 EDT
Unfortunately, the kernel has gotten bigger, floppies haven't.  mkbootdisk has
an option to create a boot iso instead -- please see the man page for more details.

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