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The Loopback Root Filesystem HOWTO

by Andrew M. Bishop, amb@gedanken.demon.co.uk

v1.1, 24 September 1999

This HOWTO explains how to use the Linux loopback device to create a Linux native filesystem format installation that can be run from a DOS partition without re-partitioning. Other uses of this same technique are also discussed.

1. Introduction

2. Principles of Loopback Devices and Ramdisks

3. How To Create a Loopback Root Device

4. Booting the System

5. Other Loopback Root Device Possibilities

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