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Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition by Robert Love, Stephen Figgins, Ellen Siever, Arnold Robbins

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lilo Command Options

The following list describes lilo command options that are available only on the command line. Multiple options are given separately; for example:

$ lilo -q -v
-C config-file

Specify an alternative to the default configuration file (/etc/lilo.conf). lilo uses the configuration file to determine which files to map when it installs LILO.

-I label

Print the path to the kernel specified by label to standard output, or an error message if no matching label is found. For example:

$ lilo -I linux
/boot/vmlinuz-2.0.34-0.6
-q

List the currently mapped files. lilo maintains a file (/boot/map by default) containing the name and location of the kernel(s) to boot. Running lilo with this option prints the names of the files in the map file to standard output, as in this example (the asterisk indicates that linux is the default):

$ lilo -q
linux     *
test
-r root-directory

Specify that before doing anything else, lilo should chroot to the indicated directory. Used for repairing a setup from a boot CD or floppy; you can boot from that disk but have lilo use the boot files from the hard drive. For example, if you issue the following commands, lilo will get the files it needs from the hard drive:

$ mount /dev/hda2 /mnt
$ lilo -r /mnt
-R command-line

Set the default command for the boot loader the next time it executes. The command executes once and then is removed by the boot loader. This option typically is used in reboot scripts, just before calling shutdown -r.

-t

Indicate that this is a test--do ...

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