Re: Question about the dd command

Date: Wed Sep 18 2002 - 05:02:58 EST


> I am trying to build a boot image in order to boot from a CD device. I have
> already created all the parts ( Kernel, Lilo and Rootfs ) and try to bring
> them together. I first copied it on a floppy in order to see wether I could
> boot from it and it worked. In the Linux-Bootdisk-HOWTO It is said that on
> should transfer the rootfs with the following command
> dd if=rootfs of=/dev/fd0 bs=1k seek=KERNEL_BLOCKS
> I calculated the KERNEL_BLOCK value in my case and applied the command. It
> is supposed to transfer the rootfs file into the same floppy containing the
> kernel. I am surprised to see that with a ls-command the rootfs.gz is invisible
> on the floppy, though the boot process from floppy works properly. Later i
> created an image of the floppy ( dd if=/dev/fd0 of=boot.img bs=10k count=144
> as in the Linux-Bootdisk-HOWTO ), created an iso file from it with mkisofs and
> copied it on CD. Now I can't boot the image from this CD!

I'm assuming that you're trying to create a bootable CD for an X86 machine.

In that case, this is not how bootable CDs work. You need to look up the 'El-Torito' bootable CD specs, and take it from there.

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