boot LiveCD from hard disk - now possible!

Jibon Doley jibondoley at
Wed Jul 18 09:15:37 PDT 2007

On 7/8/07, Alexander E. Patrakov <patrakov at> wrote:
> Hello,
> starting from r1950, it is possible to store the LiveCD image on a partition
> (maybe even on a flash drive - but it is untested) as a file, and boot this
> file as a real CD. To do so, just extract the following files from the CD:
> boot/isolinux/linux (or linux64)
> boot/isolinux/initramfs_data.cpio.gz
> Copy them to your hard disk into the /boot/lfs directory. Copy the LiveCD
> image anywhere else. Let's assume it is
> /root/lfslivecd-x86-6.3-pre2-r1950.iso, and the root partition is /dev/hda2.
> Then, add the following to the GRUB configuration:
> title LFS LiveCD
>         kernel /boot/lfs/linux
> root=iso:/dev/hda2:/root/lfslivecd-x86-6.3-pre2-r1950.iso rw
>         initrd /boot/lfs/initramfs_data.cpio.gz
> That's all!
> The r1950 CD is currently being built on, I will post a download
> link when it is ready. Feel free to race with me if you have a faster CPU.
> --
> Alexander E. Patrakov
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I tried using the r1952 cd for booting but its giving a message
"Unrecognised string device".
I have a SATA hard disk and so I changed /dev/hda to /dev/sda1...
Thats the only change I have made.

Jibon Doley

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