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       /sbin/mkrescue  -  make a bootable rescue floppy using the
       existing kernel and any initial ramdisk.


       mkrescue assumes that the present running system was  suc­
       cessfully  booted using the lilo boot loader, and that the
       specification for the kernel and any initial  ramdisk  are
       in /etc/lilo.conf. This command will make a bootable 1.44M
       rescue floppy which uses the current kernel,  any  initial
       ramdisk, and the "current" root directory.


       --device <device>
              Make  the  floppy  on a device other than /dev/fd0.
              The floppy disk will always be made to boot on BIOS
              device  code 0x00 (A: drive), without regard to the
              drive on which it is created.

       --fast Use a faster method of creating  the  boot  floppy.
              This  involves  first creating a 1.44M file mounted
              using a loopback device, then copying the  file  to
              the  disk.  Currently, loopback device 'loop4' must
              be free for this option to be used.

       --fs [ ext2 | msdos | minix ]
              Specify the type of filesystem  to  create  on  the
              drive.   ext2  is  the  default,  but  "msdos"  and
              "minix" allow slightly more disk sectors for really
              big kernels.

       --help Print  a  short usage synopsis, including a list of
              command options.

       --initrd <filepath>  and  --kernel <filepath>
              These options, which must be used  together,  allow
              specification  of an arbitrary kernel file and ini­
              tial ramdisk file to be used on  the  created  boot
              floppy.  Be sure you know what you are doing before
              you use these options.

              For faster kernel loading from a floppy,  LILO  map
              compaction  is  normally  enabled. This option will
              disable map compaction by omitting  the  lilo  "-c"

              Suppresses creation of a new filesystem on the boot
              floppy. This option may be used only when you  know
              that the floppy you will be writing upon is format­
              ted with the same filesystem as specified by  "--fs


       John Coffman <johninsd@san.rr.com> (1.0)

                           31 Oct 2001                MKRESCUE(8)



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