MKBOOTDISK(8)                                                    MKBOOTDISK(8)

       mkbootdisk - creates a stand-alone boot floppy for the running system

       mkbootdisk [--version] [--noprompt] [--verbose]
                  [--device devicefile] [--size size]
                  [--kernelargs <args>] [--iso] kernel

       mkbootdisk  creates  a  boot floppy appropriate for the running system.
       The boot disk is  entirely  self-contained,  and  includes  an  initial
       ramdisk  image  which  loads any necessary SCSI modules for the system.
       The created boot disk looks for the root filesystem on the device  sug-
       gested by /etc/fstab.  The only required argument is the kernel version
       to put onto the boot floppy.

       --device devicefile
              The boot image is created on  devicefile.  If  --device  is  not
              specified, /dev/fd0 is used. If devicefile does not exist mkini-
              trd creates a 1.44Mb floppy image using devicefile as the  file-

              Normally,  mkbootdisk  instructs the user to insert a floppy and
              waits for confirmation before continuing. If --noprompt is spec-
              ified, no prompt is displayed.

              Instructs mkbootdisk to talk about what it's doing as it's doing
              it. Normally, there is no output from mkbootdisk.

       --iso  Instructs mkbootdisk to make a bootable ISO image as devicefile.

              Displays the version of mkbootdisk and exits.

       --kernelargs args
              Adds  args to the arguments appended on the kernel command line.
              If this is not specified mkbootdisk uses  grubby  to  parse  the
              arguments for the default kernel from grub.conf, if possible.

       --size size
              Uses  ize (in kilobytes) as the size of the image to use for the
              boot disk.  If this is not specified, mkbootdisk will  assume  a
              standard 1.44Mb floppy device.

       grubby(8) mkinitrd(1)

       Erik Troan <>

4th Berkeley Distribution       Tue Mar 31 1998                  MKBOOTDISK(8)