[BusyBox] Newbie - Looking for a good tutorial

Rob Landley rob at landley.net
Sat Jul 23 01:24:36 UTC 2005

On Friday 22 July 2005 10:37, Bryan_Kemp at Dell.com wrote:
> All,
> I am looking for a decent how-to document on how to build a 2.6 based
> system that can pxe boot and is diskless. Does anyone have any
> recommendations?
> Thanks,
> Bryan Kemp

First, start with:


As for understanding the early boot process, this is probably a bit dated by 
now, but it's what I learned from:


I'm told it's been replaced by this, now that floppies are passe:


To understand the theory behind it all, the best resource is a touch out of 
date (2.4 kernel) but still good.  Chapter 1 (booting) for tigran Aivazian's 
"Linux Kernel Internals":


The big things that have changed since then are that the boot sector at the 
start went away (you now _have_ to use a bootloader like lilo or grub), and 
initramfs got spliced in as an alternative to initrd (and initrd will 
eventually be deprecated).

For PXE, this might have something useful:



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