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Thomas Foecking thomas at
Wed Jan 16 08:46:59 PST 2002

I am so stupid ;-)

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TITLE:          Easy Boot CD of your LFS
AUTHOR:	        Thomas Foecking <thomas at>

	How to create an easy Boot CD of your working LFS system.

Version 0.1b


    1. What do you need and what is the idea?
    2. Configure & compile Kernel
    3. Move /dev /var /tmp /root /home to /fake/needwrite
    4. Create symlinks /... -> /fake/needwrite/...
    5. Create boot script which mounts the RAM disk
    6. Create boot disk & test your system
    7. Burn the Boot CD
    8. Reboot and enjoy

1. What do you need and what is the idea?

	What do you need?
	- LFS system (which you want to burn on CD)
	- another linux/unix system (to create some stuff and burn the CD)
	- floppy drive (for boot disk and image)
	- CD-R(W) drive (to burn your LFS system and boot image on CD)
	- 1 floppy disk
	- 1 CD-R (+ 1 CD-RW is very recommend for saving money)	

	First of all you need a running LFS system, which you want to burn
	on CD. You may want to have a LFS CD for creating new LFS systems
	on other computers. Whatever your ideas are, you'll first have to
	create this special system on your LFS partition.
	(e.g. I have created a LFS system with xfree86 and windowmaker;
	now I can boot from CD and create new LFS systems without missing
	xfree86 & windowmaker)

	What is the idea?
	- Create kernel with RAM disk support
	- Move /dev /var /tmp /root /home to /fake/needwrite
	- Set symlinks
		/dev  -> /fake/needwrite/dev
		/var  -> /fake/needwrite/var
		/...   -> /fake/needwrite/...
	- Mount /dev/ram0 to /fake/ramdisk
	- Copy /fake/needwrite/* to /fake/ramdisk/
	- Remount /dev/ram0 to /fake/needwrite

	We'll have read-write access on /dev /var /tmp /root /home
	because they point to /fake/needwrite which is then a RAM disk

	You are able to do the most things from the other linux/unix
	system by setting LFS to your LFS mountpoint. LFS=/path/to/lfs


	Don't forget to set LFS again when you do a reboot!

2. Configure & compile Kernel

	Boot your LFS system or chroot to it.

	Configure your kernel:

cd /usr/src/linux
make mrproper && make menuconfig

	You need RAM disk support!
		"Block devices" -> "RAM disk support"
		"16384" KB should be your standard
		(you can change this value on lilo prompt by setting
		"ramdisk_size=n" kB if you need more or less than 16 MB)
	You need ISO 9660 CDROM file system support!
		"File systems" -> "ISO 9660 CDROM file system support"

	You should also think about building some other drivers into
	kernel or as modules. e.g. You plan to have network support

	If you want to be able to boot the CD on a lot of PCs with
	different CPUs (e.g. 468, Pentium, PII, PIII, Athlon) you have to
	complile the kernel for 486 (then it runs on >= 486).
	"Processor type and features" -> "Processor Family" -> "486"

	Save config and compile your kernel:

make dep && make bzImage && make modules && make modules_install

	Then you should copy the new built kernel to /boot:

cp arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/lfskernel

	Run Lilo:


	Try to boot the new kernel in order to test RAM disk support:
	(if you're using devfs you must change: dev_ram=/dev/rd/0)

mke2fs -m 0 $dev_ram

	If this fails like
	> The device apparently does not exist;
	> did you specify it correctly?
	you have no RAM disk support in your kernel.
	You should read this chapter again ;-)

	Otherwise you have done your work very well!

	You can check the size of your RAM disk by mounting it to
	/mnt and doning an "df -h"

mount $dev_ram /mnt
df -h

	Now you can boot your other linux/unix system ...

3. Move /dev /var /tmp /root /home to /fake/needwrite

	We move all stuff needing write access to /fake/needwrite.

	First we have to create this directory
	and the mountpoint for the RAM disk:

mkdir -p $LFS/fake/{needwrite,ramdisk}

	Then we can move it there:

cd $LFS/
mv dev/ var/ tmp/ root/ home/ fake/needwrite/

4. Create symlinks /... -> /fake/needwrite/...

	We have moved /dev /var /tmp /root /home to /fake/needwrite.
	Now we must set symlinks so that everything seems to be
	as before.

cd $LFS/
ln -s fake/needwrite/dev dev
ln -s fake/needwrite/var var
ln -s fake/needwrite/tmp tmp
ln -s fake/needwrite/root root
ln -s fake/needwrite/home home

	"ls -l" says:
	 dev -> fake/needwrite/dev
	 home -> fake/needwrite/home
	 root -> fake/needwrite/root
	 tmp -> fake/needwrite/tmp
	 var -> fake/needwrite/var

5. Create boot script which mounts the RAM disk

	Ok, we have /dev /var /tmp /root /home pointed to
	/fake/needwrite which is first read-only.
	To be able to login (and to run services on runlevel x
	which need write access to /dev /var /tmp /root or /home)
	we must call a script from our /etc/init.d/ directory which
	creates a RAM disk to /fake/needwrite with write access.

	I suggest to boot in runlevel 3 for multi user with network.
	If you don't want to enable network you can remove the link
	/etc/rc3.d/S200ethnet and start network manualy after
	login with /etc/init.d/ethnet start. This is what I prefer.

	The following script creates a RAM disk to /fake/ramdisk and
	will copy everything of /fake/needwrite to /fake/ramdisk.
	Then it remounts the RAM disk to /fake/needwrite.

cat > $LFS/etc/init.d/create_ramdisk << EOF


source /etc/init.d/functions

case "\$1" in
                echo -n "Creating ext2fs on \$dev_ram ... "
                /sbin/mke2fs -m 0 -i 1024 -q \$dev_ram
                sleep 1
                echo -n "Mounting RAM disk on \$dir_ramdisk ... "
                mount \$dev_ram \$dir_ramdisk
                sleep 1
                echo -n "Copying files to RAM disk ... "
                cp -dpR \$dir_needwrite/* \$dir_ramdisk
                sleep 1
                echo -n "Remount RAM disk to \$dir_needwrite ... "
                umount \$dir_ramdisk
                sleep 1
                mount \$dev_ram \$dir_needwrite
                sleep 1
                echo "Usage: $0 {start}"
                exit 1

	Make it executable:

chmod u+x $LFS/etc/init.d/create_ramdisk

	create_ramdisk should be the first script excecuted by init,
	so we set this link:
	/etc/rcS.d/S000create_ramdisk -> ../init.d/create_ramdisk

cd $LFS/etc/rcS.d
ln -s ../init.d/create_ramdisk S000create_ramdisk

6. Create boot disk & test your system

	Now we'll create a boot disk.

	!!! But first we have to change /etc/fstab of LFS !!!
	Delete all entries you don't need. (e.g. all /dev/hd*)
	We don't want to mount anything automaticly on boot.
	(do you?)

	Don't worry about mounting root filesystem "/".
	This will be mounted read-only by kernel.
	The best is to remove also the following links in /etc/rcS.d:
	S100localnet, S200checkfs, S300mountfs

	Create ext2 system on floppy and mount it to $LFS/mnt

/sbin/mke2fs -m 0 /dev/fd0
/bin/mount /dev/fd0 $LFS/mnt

	Copy kernel, bootmenu and devices to floppy 
	(this process may take some time ...)

mkdir $LFS/mnt/{boot,dev}
cp $LFS/boot/{lfskernel,boot.b} $LFS/mnt/boot
cp -dpR /dev/fd[01]* $LFS/mnt/dev
cp -dpR /dev/hd[a-h] $LFS/mnt/dev

	Create lilo.conf at $LFS/mnt

cat > $LFS/mnt/lilo.conf << EOF

        boot      =/dev/fd0
        install   =boot/boot.b
        map       =boot/map
        timeout   =100
        backup    =/dev/null

### remove this when boot floppy works
        image     = boot/lfskernel
        label     = cur_lfs
        root      =/dev/fd0
        append    ="root=/dev/hdXn" # your LFS partion e.g. hda1

        image     = boot/lfskernel
        label     = PRI_MASTER
        root      =/dev/fd0
        append    ="root=/dev/hda"

        image     = boot/lfskernel
        label     = PRI_SLAVE
        root      =/dev/fd0
        append    ="root=/dev/hdb"

        image     = boot/lfskernel
        label     = SEC_MASTER
        root      =/dev/fd0
        append    ="root=/dev/hdc"

        image     = boot/lfskernel
        label     = SEC_SLAVE
        root      =/dev/fd0
        append    ="root=/dev/hdd"

	You can remove "compact" in lilo.conf to make lilo boot faster,
	but with "compact" is more failsave when using a floppy.

	The Boot CD should work on other systems too!
	This is why we set root to /dev/fd0 to let lilo boot
	the kernel from floppy and set append="root=/dev/hdx"
	to let the kernel mount /dev/hdx as root fs "/"
	(/dev/hdx is the cdrom drive)
	When you create a bootable CD, the floppy image is copied
	to the CD and the BIOS will detect the boot image of the CD
	as floppy /dev/fd0.

	Run lilo from $LFS/mnt

cd $LFS/mnt
/sbin/lilo -C lilo.conf -v

	Umount floppy

cd $LFS/
/bin/umount $LFS/mnt

	Thats it! You can try to boot your system from floppy.
	The kernel will mount your LFS partition read-only. This
	is the same as if you would boot from CD. Now you will see
	if your LFS system boots. It should mount the RAM disk and
	go into runlevel 3. Try to login !

	Did the boot disk work? You may want to delete cur_lfs from
	$LFS/mnt/lilo.conf and run lilo again, so that you have a clean
	boot image.
	Now create an image of this disk to /boot/ of the LFS system

dd if=/dev/fd0 of=$LFS/boot/image bs=1024

7. Burn the Boot CD

	If you have a CD-RW you should take this for testing. When
	your system boots quite good from CD you can burn it on a CR-R.
	(I give you this advice, because I got the clue after burning
	about 10 CD-Rs that didn't work ;-)

	Before you start burning, check the size of your LFS tree:

du -h $LFS/
	Delete all stuff you don't need on a Boot CD. (/usr/src/linux/)

	Note! /dev/cdrecorder should point to your CD-Writer.
	Speed=4 should be changed to (max) speed of your CD-Writer.

cd /some/where/not/lfs
mkisofs -rlDJLV "LFS" $LFS -b boot/image -c boot/catalog \
| cdrecord -v -eject dev=/dev/cdrecorder speed=4 -data -

	If this doesn't work you may want to use xcdroast instead of 
	command line to	burn your CD.
	(Set Boot image to "boot/image" and Catalog to "boot/catalog")

8. Reboot and enjoy

	Reboot and let your Bios boot from CD.
	Enjoy the kernel messages and login prompt ;-)

 If you have any ideas, suggestions or found a bug you can send a
 mail to me: Thomas Foecking <thomas at>

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