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Fedora 20 EXTLINUX problem.

asked 2014-10-25 16:05:21 -0500

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updated 2014-10-26 19:53:16 -0500

Installed Fedora 20 on USB flash drive. Intended to use EXTLINUX as bootloader.

dd bs=440 conv=notrunc count=1 if=/usr/share/syslinux/mbr.bin of=/dev/sdc OK
cp /usr/share/syslinux/menu.c32 /boot/extlinux/  OK
cp /usr/share/syslinux/libutil.c32 /boot/extlinux/ PROBLEM=> libutil is MISSING

Downloaded syslinux 6.03.tar.gz extracted libutil. Searched libutil download with F20 problem. Now I have 2 copies 23.496 bytes and 24148 bytes. I can copy/paste them into tmp.

cp /tmp/libutil.c32 /boot/extlinux
cp: cannot stat ‘/tmp/libutil.c32’: No such file or directory

[liveuser@localhost ~]$ sudo mount /dev/sdd1 /mnt
[liveuser@localhost ~]$ sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev &&
> sudo mount --bind /dev/pts  /mnt/dev/pts &&
> sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc &&
> sudo mount --bind /sys  /mnt/sys 
[liveuser@localhost ~]$ sudo chroot /mnt

DONE before

[root@localhost /]# ls -l
total 72
lrwxrwxrwx.   1 root root     7 Dec 12  2013 bin -> usr/bin
dr-xr-xr-x.   5 root root  4096 Oct 21 02:11 boot
drwxr-xr-x.  20 root root  3820 Oct 24 20:36 dev
drwxr-xr-x. 116 root root 12288 Oct 21 02:10 etc
drwxr-xr-x.   2 root root  4096 Oct 21 02:05 home
lrwxrwxrwx.   1 root root     7 Dec 12  2013 lib -> usr/lib
lrwxrwxrwx.   1 root root     9 Dec 12  2013 lib64 -> usr/lib64
drwx------.   2 root root 16384 Dec 12  2013 lost+found
drwxr-xr-x.   2 root root  4096 Aug  7  2013 media
drwxr-xr-x.   3 root root  4096 Oct 21 02:10 mnt
drwxr-xr-x.   2 root root  4096 Aug  7  2013 opt
dr-xr-xr-x. 219 root root     0 Oct 24 20:36 proc
dr-xr-x---.   5 root root  4096 Oct 21 13:17 root
drwxr-xr-x.   2 root root  4096 Oct 21 02:05 run
lrwxrwxrwx.   1 root root     8 Dec 12  2013 sbin -> usr/sbin
drwxr-xr-x.   2 root root  4096 Aug  7  2013 srv
dr-xr-xr-x.  13 root root     0 Oct 24 20:36 sys
drwxrwxrwt.   2 root root  4096 Oct 24 20:42 tmp
drwxr-xr-x.  12 root root  4096 Dec 12  2013 usr
drwxr-xr-x.  19 root root  4096 Dec 12  2013 var

QUESTION:Which one to copy? Before copy should I change boot and tmp with w bit

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Hi oldrifle! Is there some reason GRUB doesn't work for you?

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-10-26 19:55:58 -0500 )edit

Hi Pete, Grub works on my PC if I install internal HDD. To dualboot I have to erase window7 recovery partition. I did that for test and returned my image backup. I have PCLINUXOS on usb3HDD and works ok. I was not able to boot fedora installed on usb. Now trying SYSLINUX to be able to boot fedora from usb. This is a challange to overcome HP limitation. Next I will try a FAT boot partition and syslinux. I will take time and try all to be able to boot FEDORA from USB. thanks a lot..

oldrifle gravatar imageoldrifle ( 2014-10-27 00:47:44 -0500 )edit

Have small problem: Menu comes with error on vmlinuz and initramfs. vmlinuz-3.11.10-301.fc20.x86_64 is as 3.11.3-301.fc20.x86_64 so I have to pres tab key and correct manually. press enter and fedora boots OK. nano - gedit not available only vi (not vim) works extlinux.conf or syslinux.conf or syslinux.cfg for fedora not very clear. trying to understand if I made a mistake with editor. I dont mind to install once more Have been installing too many distros toomany times. eventually found that HP bios boots from FAT partition only Orhan

oldrifle gravatar imageoldrifle ( 2014-10-29 17:18:43 -0500 )edit

Fedora use /boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg Edited with vi editor. Reboot OK. You earn a vote Howto vote? Orhan

oldrifle gravatar imageoldrifle ( 2014-10-29 18:20:47 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-10-26 20:03:49 -0500

If you want to use extlinux with Fedora, append extlinux to the boot arguments when booting the installer.

Note: This feature is inteded to support things like cloud images and embedded devices. For most end users, you do not want to use extlinux.

Read http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/SyslinuxOption for more information.

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BINGO Update from my fedora 20 installed on USB (sandisk EXREME on USB3) FAT16 64MB boot partition used with DOS mbr. (Syslinux - ArchWiki.html) used as guide. Working nice So I have possbility of installing programs-Updating- and PC in POCKET with 6GB storage Thanks for support Orhan

oldrifle gravatar imageoldrifle ( 2014-10-29 13:10:29 -0500 )edit

@randomuser HAPPY END. Now I will try same with UBUNTU. Thanks

oldrifle gravatar imageoldrifle ( 2014-10-31 09:29:49 -0500 )edit
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answered 2014-11-09 11:14:07 -0500

oldrifle gravatar image

Today I installed my final copy on a sandisk EXTREME 32GB as PORTABLE PC. EXTLINUX bootloader is working Ok while grub DONT.

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