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Bug 5401 - mkbootdisk-1.2-2 and -3 fail to make bootable disk
Summary: mkbootdisk-1.2-2 and -3 fail to make bootable disk
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mkbootdisk
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Matt Wilson
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 1999-09-27 18:08 UTC by Christopher Johnson
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2000-02-09 06:20:09 UTC

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Description Christopher Johnson 1999-09-27 18:08:55 UTC
The script uses devices specified with the following syntax:
       (ex: `basename $0` --device /dev/fd1 2.0.31)

But copies them as follows:
mkdir $MOUNTDIR/dev
cp -Pa $device $MOUNTDIR/dev
cp -Pa $rootdev $MOUNTDIR/dev

Resulting in fd0 and root device such as sda being one level
below where they belong.  e.g. $MOUNTDIR/dev/dev/fd0
This causes lilo running chrooted there to fail with a 'file
or directory not found' error.

Since this problem exists in base and updated RH 6.0 there
must be a lot of folks with floppies that won't boot when
they need them to.

The script can be fixed by replacing the above two copy
statements with the following:

cp -Pa $device $MOUNTDIR
cp -Pa $rootdev $MOUNTDIR

Comment 1 Christopher Johnson 1999-10-07 16:19:59 UTC
Fixed in mkbootdisk-1.2.2-1 in RH 6.1

Comment 2 Matt Wilson 2000-02-09 06:20:59 UTC
Fixed in latest release.

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