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  TITLE:		uClibc-based bootfloppy
  LFS VERSION:	All (tested against LFS-pre4.0)
  AUTHOR:		Csaba Henk <ekho at>
  	This hints shows a quick and dirty way of creating a
  	cutting-edge bootfloppy from scratch, based on uClibc, a
  	lightweight C library. "Quick and dirty" means using an ad-hoc,
  	non-chroot, but safe development environment. 
  VERSION:	0.5
  What do we need?
  Installing uClibc on the development platform
  Setting up the development environment
  Creating the root filesystem
  Installing uClibc for the bootdisk
  Compiling the linux kernel
  Installing busybox
  Installing gpm
  Other programs
  Creating the bootdisk
  Credits, contributions, bugs and weirdnesses
  Appendix A -- the mkbootdisk script
  * For the most recent version check out
  * See changelog at
  * Comments, ideas, critics, flames are welcome.
  * (If you are an LFS user, you can skip this.) Although this document is
  formally an LFS hint, you can see use of it without knowing what LFS is
  (I tried to write it keeping this possibility in mind). Anyway, I
  recommend you to check out what LFS is. If you are not familiar with
  compiling source code in unix/linux environment, then there is no use of
  going on without checking out what LFS is. Consult the following docs
  I feel that the bootfloppy created in the BLFS-book is not enough
  customized to its task. It uses the system glibc and the system
  bootscripts. These are overkill for a bootfloppy. Here we will create a
  bootfloppy based on the uClibc C library, which is just made for such
  The bootfloppy will be cutting edge: uses uClibc and Busybox which are
  actively developed projects for the embedded platform. Moreover, I used
  a kernel from the 2.4.* branch (but feel free to use other kernel
  releases). It is a good question to ask whether this is useful: many floppy
  distros use older kernels for reducing resource usage. I can say the
  following: on the one hand, I can afford using a recent kernel as my
  bootfloppy merrily runs on my 486 with 8M RAM; on the other hand, from
  the moment I began to use this up-to-date stuff, the problems with handling
  the terminal buffer and plip timeouts vanished. So unless you are really
  tight in resources, I think using a recent kernel is a good idea. 
  We will also use some kind of development environment, just to stay on
  the safe side.
  This hint has a continuation: there we will describe how to install the
  svga vncviewer on the bootfloppy, which then becomes capable of turning a
  machine to an X terminal. (Check out the svnc-x_terminal hint:
  Additional info and downloadable bootdisk image with svnc can be found
  at my homepage (or at its mirror):
  In this hint the assumption of using an x86 PC (both for making and
  booting the floppy) and gcc is set. You may try to port it to another
  architecture / compiler. Doing it on another architecture should not
  be hard. Doing it with another compiler depends on how much does
  uClibc support that compiler.  
  If you copy command from this hint to your shell, be careful that
  line-terminating backslashes (\) will keep their position (no whitespace
  characters should follow them). A possible solution is open this hint in
  the Vim GUI, and copy'n'paste from there.
  What do we need?
  We will need the following programs; most recent versions are
  * Addons for the development platform:
  sudo (optional)
  * Programs for the bootfloppy:
  linux kernel
  gpm (optional)
  Installing uClibc on the development platform
  Usually we will optimize to size; in case of uClibc it's done
  In the uClibc source tree type
  make menuconfig
  uClibc now has a configuration interface similar to that of the linux
  kernel.  Apply the following setting:
  Library Installation Options  --->
  	(/lib) Shared library loader path 
  Apart from this, the default configuration is quite suitable, probably you need
  not change anything (especially you need not use full math support). However,
  taking a look at the options never hurts; you should make sure that the "Linux
  kernel header location" field is filled in correctly (if the kernel release you
  use for the floppy is not the same as the one used on the development platform,
  you should use the headers of the release used for the floppy), and you may
  consider fine-tuning the target processor type. After you exit, 
  make &&
  make install
  Further on we assume that you installed uClibc into
  /usr/i386-linux-uclibc/ (the default installation location). 
  Setting up the development environment
  We definitely need some kind of development environment to protect
  us from mucking up our system; eg., if we are in the file system
  which we will put on the floppy, it is very easy to mistake usr with
  /usr, and without such a protection, you can imagine that this
  mistake can have serious consequences... 
  We will create a non-privileged user named bootdisk for doing the
  job. First choose a home directory for bootdisk and store this value
  in $BDISKHOME. Then type:
  groupadd bootdisk &&
  useradd -g bootdisk -s /bin/bash -d $BDISKHOME bootdisk &&
  mkdir -p $BDISKHOME &&
  cat > $BDISKHOME/.bash_profile << "EOF"
  export CFLAGS=-Os
  export PATH=/usr/i386-linux-uclibc/bin/:$PATH:$HOME/bin
  export CC=i386-uclibc-gcc
  Of course, you may specify more cflags, like -march=i486. The above
  setting of the $PATH variable assumes that the usual directories to
  be contained in the path are already set in /etc/profile. 
  So the idea is that we will work as user bootdisk; however, there are
  some tasks during the bootdisk creation which require a privileged user
  -- namely, mounting ext2 files and raw-copying to a floppy. 
  We can do two things about this problem: 
  1) Ignore it, and execute these tasks as root.  
  2) Make a script named mkbootdisk for doing this tasks. This script must
  be executable only by root (mode 744). With the help of the sudo utility
  we let the bootdisk user to use this script as well. That is, we put it
  to $BDISKHOME/bin and then type:
  echo "
  bootdisk ALL = NOPASSWD: $BDISKHOME/bin/mkbootdisk" >> /etc/sudoers
  A realization of mkbootdisk can be found in Appendix A, or at
  Typing "mkbootdisk -h" will print a brief information on usage.
  We have the desired environment. We go on compiling the programs. Become
  user bootdisk:
  su - bootdisk
  In the rest of the hint we will act as user bootdisk (except if you
  don't use the mkbootdisk script: then the appropriate actions are to be
  done as root).
  Some of the commands below assume that the actual source archive is
  decompressed in $HOME (which is the same as the prior $BDISKHOME). 
  Software installation instructions always start at the point when the
  source tarball is already decompressed and you entered the source
  directory (unless we explicitely claim to act differently).
  Creating the root filesystem
  We will put the files of the root filesysem of the floppy to a directory
  named rfloppy. Firstly we create the directory and a basic tree of
  subdirectories which vaguley resembles the FHS idea:
  cd &&
  mkdir -p rfloppy/{dev,proc,etc/init.d,sbin,bin,lib,mnt,usr,var/log} &&
  cat > rfloppy/etc/init.d/rcS << "EOF" &&
  mount proc /proc -t proc
  The etc/init.d/rcS file will be the startup script for the floppy. Put
  there what you want to be done in the beginnig -- eg., syslogd, klogd,
  loading modules, starting gpm, etc.  
  A very minimal etc directory is used in this setup. Enriching it (with
  files like passwd, group, fstab, modules.conf, and so on) is up to you
  -- this minimalist solution works anyway. 
  Installing uClibc for the bootdisk 
  We copy the necessary libraries of uClibc to the bootdisk.
  cp -a /usr/i386-linux-uclibc/lib/{ld-uClibc*,,libuClibc-*} \
  Compiling the linux kernel
  We will compile a network-aware kernel optimized to size. We don't give
  a complete reference, we just highlight some crucial points.If you need
  not network-awareness, you may omit TCP/IP netowrking and network
  drivers; but even in this case it is strongly recommended to include
  "Unix domain sockets". 
  In the kernel source tree type:
  sed -e 's%-O2%-Os%g' -e '/^CFLAGS_KERNEL/s%\(^.*$\)%\1 -Os%' Makefile > \
   Makefile.tmp &&
  mv Makefile.tmp Makefile
  The above commands set optimization for size in the Makefile. Edit the
  Makefile if you want further optimizations. 
  Now you should configure the kernel with "make menuconfig". Choose
  carefully the value in the "Processor type and features  --->  Processor
  family" meupoint. When choosing options, it is advised to include only
  those features you really need. Some important ones:
  Networking options  --->
  	<*> Unix domain sockets
  	[*] TCP/IP networking
  In the "Network device support  --->" menupoint choose those network
  drivers you intend to use. If you want to use plip, choose it as a
  module, and also set:
  Parallel port support  --->
  	<*> Parallel port support
  	<M>   PC-style hardware
  This is advised because of the following: as I experienced, if no
  option is given, the kernel initializes the parallel port (PC-style)
  IRQ-less!  At boot time we won't have the possibility to pass options
  to the kernel, as we won't use a boot loader or initrd. Thus we can
  set the appropriate IRQ value only if we load the parallel port
  driver as module. Also, to gain more control over the NIC drivers,
  consider building them as modules.
  In this hint we use the devfs facility, so choose 
  File systems  --->
  	[*] /dev file system support
    	[*]   Automatically mount at boot
  (See a more detailed description in the devfs hint:
  And don't forget to include support for the mouse type you will use with
  the bootfloppy (if you will use any). 
  Now compile the kernel with the 
  make dep && make bzImage && make modules
  commands. Then type
  mkdir $HOME/rfloppy/lib/modules
  and copy the NIC driver modules from the drivers/net directory to
  $HOME/rfloppy/lib/modules, and also the other modules you built. Eg., if
  you use plip, you will need the drivers/parport/parport_pc.o
  We assume that you do not delete the kernel source. If you do want
  to delete it, copy arch/i368/boot/bzImage to a safe place before doing
  If you have troubles with configuring the kernel properly, my .config file
  might be of your help:
  Installing busybox
  Before making it, adjust the Config.h file according to your needs. To
  make busybox work with devfs, be sure that the 
  line is uncommented (not prefixed with "//"); and it is advised to
  enable standard Unix utilities, moreover if you want to use network with
  the floppy, consider uncommenting: 
  #define BB_IFCONFIG
  #define BB_TELNET
  #define BB_TFTP
  Then install it with
  make CROSS=i386-uclibc- &&
  make PREFIX=$HOME/rfloppy install
  If you have troubles with configuring busybox properly, my Config.h file
  might be of your help:
  Installing gpm
  Having mouse at the console is not necessary, but very comfortable for a
  bootfloppy as well. If you want it, install gpm by running the following
  export LDFLAGS="-lm" &&
  ./configure &&
  make && 
  unset LDFLAGS &&
  strip src/gpm &&
  mkdir -p $HOME/rfloppy/{usr/sbin,var/run} &&
  cp src/gpm $HOME/rfloppy/usr/sbin &&
  cp -a /usr/i386-linux-uclibc/lib/{libm-*,} ~/rfloppy/lib
  [The /var/run directory is needed for gpm at runtime.]
  Other programs
  Now if there is anything more you want to have on the floppy, compile it
  and put it to the appropriate place under $HOME/rfloppy. A list of some
  possible extensions: 
  * devfsd (
  ) is not necessary for the bootfloppy, devfs work fine without it. So
  install it only if you know what you are doing. However, it needs to be
  hacked to get it compiled against uClibc. There is a patch for devfsd at
  and you can find some explanation on it at
  Note that devfsd depends on the library of uClibc (which is a
  symlink to libdl-0.9.*.so). You have to put these to the /lib of your
  * The svnc-x_terminal hint tells you how to compile and install svgalib
  and the svga vncviewer to the floppy, giving the bootfloppy the
  capabilities of an X terminal.
  * You can put tinylogin (
  ) to the floppy if you want a correct login system on it (with the
  configuration described in this hint you just get a prompt after
  * You can put utelnetd (
  ) to the floppy if you want to access it remotely. However, don't forget
  that communication is not encrypted under telnet!
  * One more useful program is hdparm (
  ): if you boot with this floppy, the harddisk is probably not used, but
  still is a source of noise by its spinning. You can stop it with
  hdparm. (See its -y option.)
  Creating the bootdisk
  Put a floppy to the floppy drive. If you use the mkbootdisk script,
  check whether the device name of the floppy drive is set correctly in
  the script (it is set to /dev/fd0 and no option can change it, in order
  to prevent the bootdisk user in being able to muck up the development
  platform), and whether the $MKE2FSAPP, $RDEVAPP variables in the script
  store the correct path to the mke2fs, rdev utilities in your system
  (they should if you follow standards). If everything is fine, simply run 
  cd &&
  sudo mkbootdisk
  If you don't use the mkbootdisk script, become root, store the name of
  your floppy device (typically /dev/fd0) in the variable $DISK. Now its
  time to find out how big the root filesystem of the floppy should be,
  and how much inodes should it have. Concerning the size, I think the
  size of the stuff in the rfloppy directory + 150k is enough; concerning
  the number of inodes, I think the number of files in rfloppy + 100 is
  enough. But you should know. Store the chosen filesystem size in the
  variable $SIZE (the number of kilobytes), and the chosen number of
  inodes in the variable $INODES. Then type the following:
  cd $BDISKHOME &&
  # We we create and compress the root filesystem of the floppy:
  dd if=/dev/zero of=rootfs bs=1k count=$SIZE &&
  yes | mke2fs -m 0 -N $INODES rootfs &&
  mkdir -p loop &&
  mount rootfs -o loop loop &&
  rmdir loop/lost+found &&
  cp -a rfloppy/* loop &&
  chown -R 0:0 loop/* &&
  umount loop &&
  dd if=rootfs bs=1k | gzip -v9 > rootfs.gz 
  Now check whether rootfs.gz and your kernel image
  (linux-2.4.*/arch/i386/boot/bzImage) fit on a floppy together (a floppy
  is of 1440k usually but it can be formatted to bigger sizes as well). If
  everything is fine, go on:
  # We copy the kernel to the floppy:
  let KERNELSIZE=`dd bs=1k of=$DISK < linux-2.4.*/arch/i386/boot/bzImage 2>&1 | 
   sed -n '1s%\([0-9][0-9]*\).*%\1%p'`+1 &&
  # We perform some adjustments on the kernel copied to the floppy:
  rdev $DISK 0,0 &&
  rdev -R $DISK 0 &&
  rdev -r $DISK `expr 16384 + $KERNELSIZE` &&
  # Finally we copy the compressed filesystem to its appropriate place \
  # on the floppy:
  dd if=rootfs.gz of=$DISK bs=1k seek=$KERNELSIZE
  [Explanation -- also for those who wonder how the mkbootdisk script
  "yes | mke2fs -m 0 -N $INODES rootfs":
  This pipe construct is a common trick for answering stupid questions
  "# We copy the kernel to the floppy" :
  In the command after this comment we not only copy the kernel to floppy,
  but we also store the number of transferred kb's in the variable
  "# We perform some adjustments on the kernel copied to the floppy" :
  We won't have a bootloader to tell the kernel where to find its root
  filesystem. The commands after this comment set some specified bits
  in the kernel, thus hardwiring the location of the root filesystem to
  it: firstly, we tell the kernel to seek for the filesystem in the
  floppy, secondly, we tell the kernel that a ramdisk is to be made and
  the filesystem is to be decompressed to it, thirdly, we tell the
  kernel the location of the filesystem within the floppy. The number
  16384 = 2^14 is used for shifting within the range of bits in the
  kernel devoted for describing these data. For more information
  consult with the Bootdisk HOWTO available at 
  "# Finally we copy [...]" :
  In the dd command after this comment we use the seek option to copy the
  compressed filesystem nicely after the kernel image.]
  Now you have the floppy, boot & enjoy! 
  Credits, contributions, bugs and weirdnesses
  See it in the svnc-x_terminal hint.
  * * * Appendices * * *
  Appendix A -- the mkbootdisk script
  If you copy and paste the script below to a separate file, be careful
  that line-terminating backslashes (\) will keep their position in the
  separate file (no whitespace characters should follow them).
  # A script for making the bootdisk creation process easy and safe 
  # If you develop your own floppy linux, then it is advised to do it as a 
  # non-privileged user (in order to not suck if you happen to do
  # something  stupid :), and use this (root owned and executable) script
  # via the sudo utility. 
  # Below are some values set. Adjust them if necessary.
  unset FSGZ
  KERNEL=linux-`uname -r`/arch/i386/boot/bzImage
  TOADD=16384 # Comes from kernel internals, do no change!
  RDEVAPP=/usr/sbin/rdev # The $MKE2FSAPP and $RDEVAPP variables contain \
  # an absolute path because of the following: \
  # by my idea this script is used by a non-privileged user (via sudo) \
  # whose path does not contain the mke2fs, rdev executables 
  EXTRA_SIZE=150 # Free space left on root filesystem of floppy
  EXTRA_INODES=100 # Free inodes left on filesystem of floppy
  # Do not edit what follows unless your intention is hacking!
  compress=yes # Any value other than "no" defaults to production of a \
  #gzipped rootfs 
  dokernelcopy=no # Becomes yes if $KERNELSIZE set to a numerical value
  unset TMPDIR
  manuallysetkernelsize=no # This variable tracks down whether -r option is used
  # Usage
  if [ "$1" = "-h" -o "$1" = "--help" ]; then 
  	echo "\
  Bootdisk creation utility, version $VERSION. Usage:
  With -h or --help being the 1st arg, this help is shown; otherwise
  `basename "$0"` -k kernelimg -f filesys_dir -s filesys_size -i filesys_inodes \\
  -r kernelimg_size -c floppy_size [-g gzipped_filesys -d]
  where \"kernelimg\" is the linux kernel image to be booted by the floppy,
  and \"filesys_dir\" contains the files to be put in the root filesystem.
  Default values are: 
  -k $KERNEL 
  -f $FSDIR 
  -s <size of files in filesys_dir + ${EXTRA_SIZE}k> 
  -i <number of files in filesys_dir + ${EXTRA_INODES}>
  -r \`cat ~/`basename "$MKBOOTREC"`\`, or x if ~/`basename \
  "$MKBOOTREC"` is empty or does not exist 
  Explanations of options:
  -r kernelimg_size	a kernelimg of the given size (in kb) is supposed to be
   			on the disk and kernel copying is skipped, unless size 
  			is x instead of a number
  -g gzipped_filesys	gzipped_filesys is copied to the disk
  			(instead of the contents of filesys_dir)
  -d  			the floppyimage is written to stdout instead of $DISK
  -c floppy_size 		if the floppy image were bigger than floppy_size 
  			(in kb), the process is aborted, unless floppy_size is 
  			x instead of a number
  Further comments:
  If kernel is copied and -r was used with a non-numerical value, its size
  is stored in ~/`basename "${MKBOOTREC}"` (delete that file before using a
  new kernel image, or use -r x !!)
  For sake of safety, `basename "$0"` utilizes mktemp; if you don't have it
  temporary file creation is still done as safely as it's possible
  * A compressed filesystem is produced from the contents of filesys_dir by
  	`basename "$0"` -r 0 -d > rootfs.gz
  * A floppy can be made using this compressed filesystem by
  	`basename "$0"` -g rootfs.gz
  	exit 1
  # Getting options
  while getopts "g:k:f:dr:c:s:i:" option; do
  	case $option in 
  		g) FSGZ="$OPTARG"
  		k) KERNEL="$OPTARG";;
  		f) FSDIR="$OPTARG";;
  		d) DEVICE="&1";;
  		   [ "$OPTARG" -ge 0 ] &>/dev/null && 
  		i) INODES="$OPTARG";; 
  		s) SIZE="$OPTARG";;
  		*) exit 1;;
  # Functions
  # Auxiliary fnc's
  # gzipimp -- the concrete way of doing the compression
  	dd if=$1 bs=1k | gzip -v9 > $2
  	# I could not figure out why it is the way to do gzipping, but this is
  	# what is suggested by the clever guys. I'd be happy to be informed
  	# about it...
  #cleanup -- removes temporary files
  	[ -e "$TMPDIR" ] && echo "Removing temporary files..." >&2 
  	rm -rf "$TMPDIR" >&2 
  #error -- if something goes wrong... 
  	echo Error: "$1" >&2
  	exit 1
  #maketmpdir -- creates a tmp dir as safely as possible
  	if ! TMPDIR=`mktemp -d /tmp/mkbootdisk.$$.XXXXXXXXXX 2>/dev/null`
  		TMPDIR=/tmp/mkbootdisk.$$.$RANDOM$RANDOM &&
  		rm -rf "$TMPDIR" &&
  		mkdir -m 700 "$TMPDIR"
  	fi ||
  	error "Unable to create temporary directory"	 
  #findoutFSGZ -- finds out the appropriate value of $FSGZ
  	[ $compress = yes ] && FSGZ="$TMPDIR"/mkbootdisk-gzipped_fs
  # Important fnc's
  # check -- checks the validity of arguments
  	for v in RDEVAPP MKE2FSAPP; do #Checking whether these apps can be found
  		[ -x "`eval echo \\$$v`" ] ||
  		error \
  "the value of \$$v is wrong -- `eval echo \\$$v` is not an executable"
  	for v in SIZE INODES; do # Syntax check of variables
  		[ -z "`eval echo \\$$v`" ] ||
  		[ "`eval echo \\$$v`" -ge 0 ] &>/dev/null || 
  		error \
  "wrong value for option -- \$$v is not a non-negative integer"  
  		[ "`eval echo \\$$v`" = x ] ||
  		[ "`eval echo \\$$v`" -ge 0 ] &>/dev/null ||
  		error \
  "Wrong value for option -- \$$v is neither x, nor non-negative integer"
  	if [ "$compress" != no ]; then # checking whether $FSDIR is a directory
  		[ "`file -bL "$FSDIR"`" = directory ] ||
  		error "$FSDIR is not a directory."
  	if [ $KERNELSIZE = x ]; then #checking whether the kernelimg exists
  		[ "`file -bL "$KERNEL"`" = 'x86 boot sector' ] || 
  		error "$KERNEL is not a kernelimg." 
  		[ "$firstcheck" = yes ] && 
  		echo \
  "A kernelimg of size $KERNELSIZE is supposed to be on the disk,
  kernel copying is skipped" >&2 
  	if [ "$compress" = no ]; then #checking whether the gzipped fs exists
  		file -bL "$FSGZ" | grep \
  		'gzip compressed data' > /dev/null || 
  		error "$FSGZ is not a gzipped file"
  		[ "$firstcheck" = yes ] && 
  		echo \
  "An existing compressed filesystem is used as root filesystem,
  filesystem creation is skipped." >&2 
  # getfsdata -- Finds out size and inode number param's of the filesystem
  # to be created
  	if [ $compress = yes ]; then
  		[ -z "$SIZE" ] &&
  		SIZE=$(expr $EXTRA_SIZE + `du -sD "$FSDIR" | awk '{print $1}'`)
  		[ -z "$INODES" ] &&
  		INODES=$(expr $EXTRA_INODES + `find "$FSDIR" -follow | wc -l`)
  # compressfs -- Adjusts and compresses the filesystem
  # (Now also creates the filesys but the name is kept)
  	[ "$compress" = no ] && return 0
  	echo \
  "Creating an ext2 filesystem of size ${SIZE}k and with $INODES inodes" >&2
  	dd if=/dev/zero of="$tmpfs" bs=1k count=$SIZE
  	yes | "$MKE2FSAPP" -m 0 -N $INODES "$tmpfs" > /dev/null 
  	mkdir -p "$tmpmountpt"
  	mount "$tmpfs" -o loop "$tmpmountpt"
  	rmdir "$tmpmountpt"/lost+found 
  	cp -a "$FSDIR"/* "$tmpmountpt"
  	chown -R 0:0 "$tmpmountpt"/*
  	if umount "$tmpmountpt"; then
  		echo "Compressing the filesystem..." >&2
  		gzipimp "$tmpfs" "$FSGZ"
  		error "some problem occured with unmounting the file system."
  # floppysizecheck -- checks whether will be enough space on floppy
  	[ $FLOPPYSIZE = x ] && return 0
  	FSGZSIZE=$(( `dd if="$FSGZ" of=/dev/null bs=1k 2>&1 |
  	 sed -n '1s%\([0-9][0-9]*\).*%\1%p'` + 1 ))
  	error "
  size of kernel: 	       $KERNELSIZE
  size of compressed filesystem: $FSGZSIZE
  are altogether:		       $KERNELSIZE + $FSGZSIZE = \
  which exceeds your floppy size ($FLOPPYSIZE)"
  # kernelcopy -- copies and installs the kernelimg to disk
  	[ $KERNELSIZE = x ] || return 0
  	echo Copying kernel to diskimage file... >&2
  	KERNELSIZE=$(( `dd if="$KERNEL" of="$tmpdiskimg" bs=1k 2>&1 |
  	 sed -n '1s%\([0-9][0-9]*\).*%\1%p'` + 1 )) ||
  	error "cannot create disk image file" 
  	echo $(( $KERNELSIZE - 1 ))+1 records in/out >&2
  	[ $manuallysetkernelsize = yes ] || echo $KERNELSIZE > "$MKBOOTREC" 
  	echo Adjusting the kernelimg to mount the file system as rootfs... >&2 
  	"$RDEVAPP" "$tmpdiskimg" 0,0 
  	"$RDEVAPP" -R "$tmpdiskimg" 0
  	"$RDEVAPP" -r "$tmpdiskimg" `expr $TOADD + $KERNELSIZE`
  	if [ $dokernelcopy = yes ]; then 
  		echo "Completing the diskimage..." >&2
  		dd if="$FSGZ" of="$tmpdiskimg" bs=1k seek=$KERNELSIZE 
  		echo Writing the diskimage to device... >&2
  		eval "dd if=$tmpdiskimg bs=1k >$DEVICE" 
  	elif [ $dokernelcopy = no ]; then
  		echo Writing the compressed file system to device... >&2
  		eval "dd bs=1k seek=$KERNELSIZE >$DEVICE" < "$FSGZ"
  		error 'bogus value for $dokernelcopy' 
  	fi || 
  	error "it seems that there is some problem with the target device."
  # Program body
  exit 0
  END of "uClibc-based bootfloppy" hint

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