Provided by: lilo_24.2-1_i386 bug


       mkrescue - make rescue floppy or CD


       /sbin/mkrescue  makes  a bootable rescue floppy or CD using the default
       kernel specified in lilo.conf.


       mkrescue takes its specifation for the kernel from  the  default  image
       specified  in  /etc/lilo.conf.   If  the  actual  default  is an other=
       specification, then use the first image= specification.  Any associated
       initial  ramdisk (initrd=), and append= options will also be used.  The
       root directory will be taken to be the current root.  A bootable floppy
       or  CD-image  will  be  created  using  LILO  version  22.5.5 or later.
       mkrescue normally requires no options, unless  a  CD-image  is  desired


       --append <string>
              Override  any  append= options taken from the default image.  If
              there is any doubt  about  whether  the  lilo.conf  options  are
              correct, then specify no kernel parameters by providing the null
              string (--append "").

              Provide verbose output of the operation of mkrescue, pausing  to
              allow the setting of internal operating parameters to be viewed.
              <CR> must be hit to proceed from these pauses.

       --device <device>
              Make the floppy on a device other  than  /dev/fd0.   The  floppy
              disk  will  always  be made to boot on BIOS device code 0x00 (A:
              drive), without regard to the drive on which it is created.

       --fast Use a faster method of creating the boot floppy.  This  involves
              first  creating  a  file  of  --size 1k blocks (default is 1440)
              mounted using a loopback device, creating the  bootable  floppy,
              then copying the entire file to the disk.

       --fs [ ext2 | msdos | minix ]
              Specify  the type of filesystem to create on the drive.  ext2 is
              the default, but  msdos  and  minix  allow  slightly  more  disk
              sectors for really big kernels.

       --help Print  a  short  usage  synopsis,  including  a  list of command

       --image <label>
              Specifies the label or alias of the particular image from  which
              the   append,   initial  ramdisk,  root,  keytable,  and  kernel
              information is to be taken.

       --initrd <filepath> and --kernel <filepath>
              These options, which must be used together, allow  specification
              of  an arbitrary kernel file and initial ramdisk file to be used
              on the created boot floppy.  Be sure you know what you are doing
              before  you  use  these options.  If no inital ramdisk is needed
              with a particular kernel, then you  MUST  specify  --initrd  "",
              meaning a null pathname.

       --install [ text | menu ]
              Allows  overriding  the  default  human  interface used with the
              rescue bootloader (configuration file "install="  option).  text
              is the default on 1.2MB and 1.44MB floppy disks, and menu is the
              default on 2.88MB floppies and HD emulation on CD-R media.

       --iso  Create an ISO-9660 bootable CD image (El Torito Format) suitable
              for  burning  to  a  CD-R  or CD-RW.  The --device specification
              defaults to the filename rescue.iso, and the --size defaults  to
              2880.   A  utility  such  as "wodim" may be used to burn the ISO
              file to a recordable CD  medium.   With  this  ISO  option,  the
              --size HD option is allowed.

              For  faster kernel loading from a floppy, LILO map compaction is
              normally enabled.  This option will disable  map  compaction  by
              omitting the lilo -c switch.

              Suppresses  creation  of  a  new  filesystem on the boot floppy.
              This option may be used ONLY when you know that the  floppy  you
              will  be  writing  upon is formatted with the same filesystem as
              specified by --fs XXX (default is ext2).

       --root <device>
              Specify the root filesystem for the kernel on the  boot  floppy.
              The   currently   mounted   root   is   taken   as  the  default

       --size [ 1440 | 1200 | 2880 | HD ]
              The default floppy disk size is 1440, meaning a  1.44MB  floppy.
              When  --iso  is  specified,  the  default size is 2880.  Allowed
              specifications are 1200, 1440, or 2880, meaning a 1.2MB,  1.44MB
              or  2.88MB floppy, respectively.  No other floppy disk sizes are

              The HD specification, meaning "hard disk", may only be used with
              the  --iso  option,  to  indicate  a  16MB  hard  disk  is to be
              generated  for  emulation.    This   allows   for   very   large
              kernel/initial  ramdisk  combinations  on  CD-R.   The hard disk
              image  is  created  using  loopback   devices   /dev/loop0   and
              /dev/loop1, which must be free to utilize this size option.

              Print the version number of mkrescue, then terminate.


       cdrecord(1),   dd(1),   wodim(1),   lilo.conf(5),   lilo(8),   mkfs(8),
       mkinitrd(8), mkisofs(8), mount(8)

                                  6 Mar 2011                       MKRESCUE(8)