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       extlinux - install the SYSLINUX bootloader on a ext2/ext3 filesystem


       extlinux [options] directory


       EXTLINUX  is  a  new  syslinux  derivative,  which  boots  from a Linux
       ext2/ext3 filesystem.  It works the same way as SYSLINUX,  with  a  few
       slight   modifications.    It   is   intended  to  simplify  first-time
       installation of Linux, and for creation of rescue  and  other  special-
       purpose boot disks.

       The  installer  is  designed  to  be  run  on a mounted directory.  For
       example, if you have an ext2 or ext3 usb key mounted on /mnt,  you  can
       run the following command:

              extlinux --install /mnt


       -H, --heads=#
              Force the number of heads.

       -i, --install
              Install over the current bootsector.

       -O, --clear-once
              Clear the boot-once command.

       -o, --once=command
              Execute a command once upon boot.

       -M, --menu-save=label
              Set the label to select as default on the next boot

       -r, --raid
              Fall back to the next device on boot failure.

              Reset auxiliary data.

       -S, --sectors=#
              Force the number of sectors per track.

       -U, --update
              Updates a previous EXTLINUX installation.

       -z, --zip
              Force zipdrive geometry (-H 64 -S 32).


       The  extlinux  configuration  file  needs to be named extlinux.conf and
       needs to be stored in the extlinux  installation  directory.  For  more
       information  about  the  contents  of  extlinux.conf,  see  syslinux(1)
       manpage, section files.


       I would appreciate hearing of any problems you have with  SYSLINUX.   I
       would  also  like  to  hear  from  you  if  you  have successfully used
       SYSLINUX, especially if you are using it for a distribution.

       If you are reporting problems, please include all possible  information
       about  your  system  and  your  BIOS; the vast majority of all problems
       reported turn out to be BIOS or hardware  bugs,  and  I  need  as  much
       information as possible in order to diagnose the problems.

       There  is  a  mailing  list for discussion among SYSLINUX users and for
       announcements of new and test versions. To  join,  send  a  message  to with the line:



SYSLINUX for ext2/ext3 filesyst18 December 2007                    extlinux(1)