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1. Introduction

Although the documentation found in Lilo's sources (the one installed in /usr/doc/lilo-version) is very comprehensive, most Linux users experience some trouble in building their own /etc/lilo.conf file. This document is meant to support them by giving the minimal information and by showing five sample installations:

  • The first example is the classical ``Linux and other'' installation.
  • The next one shows how to install Lilo on a hard drive connected as /dev/hdc that will boot as /dev/hda. This is usually needed when you install a new Linux drive from your own running system. This also tells how to boot from SCSI disks when your BIOS is modern enough.
  • The third example shows how to boot a Linux system whose root partition can't be accessed by the BIOS.
  • The next sample file is used to access huge disks, that neither the BIOS nor DOS can access easily (this one is somehow outdated).
  • The last example shows how to restore a damaged disk, if the damage resulted from installing another operating system).

The last three examples are by Cameron,, who wrote the original document. Alessandro doesn't run anything but Linux, so he can't check nor update them by himself. Needless to say, any feedback is welcome.

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