Creating Linux Boot Floppy Disks

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How to create boot floppies for a Linux system.


The boot files are split across several floppy disks.

To create boot disks, run 'mkbootdisk' on a Linux system:

1. Mount CD1 or DVD (e.g. to /media/cdrom).

2. Run mkbootdisk
/media/cdrom/boot/i386/mkbootdisk /media/cdrom/boot/i386

   This will create boot disk image files in the current directory

3. Write these image files to floppies, using e.g.

     dd if=bootdisk1 of=/dev/fd0

   (and bootdisk2 - bootdiskN accordingly).

4. A short usage summary of 'mkbootdisk' gives

     mkbootdisk --help