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NAME extlinux - install the SYSLINUX bootloader on a ext2/ext3 filesystem

SYNOPSIS extlinux [options] directory

DESCRIPTION EXTLINUX is a new syslinux derivative, which boots from a Linux ext2/ext3 filesystem. It works the same way as SYSLINUX, with a few slight modifications. It is intended to simplify first-time installa- tion of Linux, and for creation of rescue and other special-purpose boot disks.

The installer is designed to be run on a mounted directory. For exam- ple, if you have an ext2 or ext3 usb key mounted on /mnt, you can run the following command:

extlinux --install /mnt

OPTIONS -H, --heads=# Force the number of heads.

-i, --install Install over the current bootsector.

-O, --clear-once Clear the boot-once command.

-o, --once=command Execute a command once upon boot.

-M, --menu-save=label Set the label to select as default on the next boot

-r, --raid Fall back to the next device on boot failure.

--reset-adv Reset auxiliary data.

-S, --sectors=# Force the number of sectors per track.

-U, --update Updates a previous EXTLINUX installation.

-z, --zip Force zipdrive geometry (-H 64 -S 32).

FILES The extlinux configuration file needs to be named extlinux.conf and needs to be stored in the extlinux installation directory. For more information about the contents of extlinux.conf, see syslinux(1) man- page, section files.

BUGS I would appreciate hearing of any problems you have with SYSLINUX. I would also like to hear from you if you have successfully used SYS- LINUX, especially if you are using it for a distribution.

If you are reporting problems, please include all possible information about your system and your BIOS; the vast majority of all problems reported turn out to be BIOS or hardware bugs, and I need as much information as possible in order to diagnose the problems.

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SEE ALSO syslinux(1)

SYSLINUX for ext2/ext3 filesyst18 December 2007 extlinux(1)