Subject: Re: NetBSD + LINUX
To: None <>
From: Charles Shannon Hendrix <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 01/15/2002 11:44:06
On Sun, Jan 13, 2002 at 03:25:34PM -0500, Rick Byers wrote:
> On Sun, 13 Jan 2002, Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:
> > > lilo can't possibly fit into the mbr, not ever, not never, not in a month
> > > of sundays....
> >
> > It does on my machine... :)
> >
> > LILO is rather small, which is one reason it lacks some of the features of
> > grub, for example.
> I believe LILO just puts some bootstrap code in the MBR and stores a list
> of disk blocks to load in order to get all the lilo code (typically the
> blocks of /boot/boot.b which is almost 6Kb on the RedHat machine I'm
> looking at).  Sure 6Kb is still small, but no where near small enough to
> fit in the MBR.

In my mind LILO == the bootstrap code, and that's what I was reacting to.
The documentation always reads as if they didn't consider LILO to be
more than that (i.e. "this line tells LILO where the boot block is"),
despite the code in question also being part of LILO sources.

It's just this thing in my head...