Subject: Re: buildfloppies.sh: Image is 3387 bytes (3 KB) too big to fit on
To: Garrett D'Amore <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Frederick Bruckman <email@example.com>
Date: 05/08/2006 19:56:19
On Mon, 8 May 2006, Garrett D'Amore wrote:
> Frederick Bruckman wrote:
>> I propose removing "bad144" from the i386 installation media.
>> I find that "bootfloppy" and "bootfloppy-com" *just* *fit* into
>> 2880 KB with 0K padding, after commenting out "bad144" from
>> "ramdisk-big/list". Does anyone have a better idea? Would anyone
>> really miss "bad144"? Is that even enough, or will it just fill
>> up again in a day or two?
> Hmm... it strikes me that we are fighting a never ending battle with the
> 1.44 media. Maybe its time to rethink this?
Sure, every time this happens...
The floppies, as such, aren't really the issue, since we could just
make three, or five...
> Don't like ~99% just use network or CDROMs as the way they install now?
> Is it worth spending a huge amount of effort to try to make things
> slightly easier for that last 1%?
The CDROMs -- likely the most popular install media -- are the
problem. The El Torrito emulation section must be no more than
2880kb, and that's what's overfilling now (ramdisk-big).
It's been suggested that we forego the emulation, but older BIOS's
likely won't be able to deal with that. I think the idea was to have
a small El Torrito section with just a bootloader, to load a kernel
out of the ISO image. Does the current bootloader support that?
(Don't answer that. I just built a current CDROM -- I'll try to load
one of the compressed kernels right now.)