On Tue, Jul 10, 2001 at 04:58:03PM -0600, D. Stimits wrote:
> What I'd find more interesting (since floppy images can't work with some
> of the possible kernel options...size gets too large) would be an ISO CD
> image that is equivalent to Tom's Root Boot (rescue with everything
> under the sun), but XFS based (any rescue or repair tool would be nice,
> even if it is for other fs's like reiser or ext3). Such could be done
> with probably a 25 MB download (10 to 15 MB with gzip -9), and provide
> the ability to format, repair, etc. I mention this because I am still
> working on my own custom CD rescue (I recently discovered that one big
> problem was that my CD was not a "multiread" version, and could not
> handle CD-RW's, only CD-R's...duh). Add to that every test I do
> requiring upload/download through 56k/33k modems...I'm slowly getting
> there, but it is a lesson in humility.
> D. Stimits, stimits@xxxxxxxxxx
Interestingly enough, this is exactly what I am working on for my current
project. It is currently based on a 2.4.5 kernel with the xfs
patch applied. (I started this a week and a bit ago and we are already at
2.4.6! jeezz). I have succeeded in getting a boot floppy image (I needed
support for systems that didn't have CDROM drives) that contains the kernel
(1015k) and a small ( <170k ) root file system. Go busy-box and uClibc!
With this image, I can mount any large drive (magneto-optical) in this case
and grab the rest of the system that I need (including binaries to replace
the temporary busy-box ones. --vi is not vim and msh is not bash.) This image
is also suitable for use to combine the floppy and the large drive onto a
CDR for a complete, boot-able system.
I plan on updating to a newer kernel and utilities once I am closer to
release. (probably go for some type of auto-build). If you would like to
collaborate let me know.
Gerard W. Patterson, B.Sc | Computalog Ltd.
Software Engineering | Edmonton, AB
<gerry.patterson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> | Canada