This example shows a system configured to boot two operating systems:
Red Hat Linux and DOS. Next is a more detailed look at the lines of this file:
boot=/dev/hda — Instructs LILO to install itself on the
first hard disk of the first IDE controller.
map=/boot/map — Locates the map file. In
normal use, this should not be modified.
install=/boot/boot.b — Instructs LILO to
install the specified file as the new boot sector. In normal
use, this should not be altered. If the
install line is missing, LILO will
assume a default of /boot/boot.b as the
file to be used.
prompt — Instructs LILO to show you
whatever is referenced in the message line. While
it is not recommended that you remove the prompt
line, if you do remove it, you can still access a prompt by holding
down the [Shift] key while your machine starts to
timeout=50 — Sets the amount of time that
LILO will wait for user input before proceeding with booting
the default line entry. This is
measured in tenths of a second, with 50 as the default.
message=/boot/message — Refers to the
screen that LILO displays to let you select the operating
system or kernel to boot.
lba32 — Describes the hard disk
geometry to LILO. Another common entry here is
linear. You should not change this line
unless you are very aware of what you are doing. Otherwise, you
could put your system in an unbootable state.
default=linux — Refers to the default
operating system for LILO to boot as seen in the options listed
below this line. The name linux refers
to the label line below in each of the
Specifies which Linux kernel to boot with this particular boot
label=linux — Names the operating system
option in the LILO screen. In this case, it is also the name
referred to by the default line.
Refers to the initial ram disk image that
is used at boot time to actually initialize and start the devices
that makes booting the kernel possible. The initial ram disk is a
collection of machine-specific drivers necessary to operate a SCSI
card, hard drive, or any other device needed to load the
kernel. You should never try to share initial ram disks between
read-only — Specifies that the root partition
(see the root line below) is read-only and
cannot be altered during the boot process.
root=/dev/hda5 — Specifies which disk
partition to use as the root partition.
other=/dev/hda1 — Specifies the
partition containing DOS.