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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       elilo - install EFI boot loader

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       elilo [options]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       This manual page documents briefly the elilo command, which was written
       specifically for the Debian distribution to  simplify  configuring  and
       using the elilo.efi bootloader.

       There  are  two	parts to elilo, the bootloader itself and this utility
       which installs or updates a bootload configuration.

       The primary function of elilo is to copy files  necessary  for  booting
       Debian GNU/Linux from the main filesystem to a subdirectory /EFI/debian
       on the boot partition.  These include elilo.efi,  elilo.conf,  and  the
       kernel and ramdisk images referenced by elilo.conf.

       In   addition,	elilo	can   create  a  default  configuration  file,
       /etc/elilo.conf, and can invoke efibootmgr to create an	entry  in  the
       EFI  Boot  Manager  menu  such that a system will autoboot in to Debian
       GNU/Linux on power up.

       elilo requires a couple of extra parameters in elilo.conf that elio.efi
       does  not  currently support.  These are needed so that a normal run of
       elilo with no parameters can find the elilo.efi binary and boot	partition
 in order to rebuild it.  They are:

       install=<path to elilo.efi>
       boot=<boot partition>

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

       This  program  follows  the  usual  GNU	command line syntax, with long
       options starting with two dashes (`-').

       -b, --boot
	      set bootstrap partition device [ -b /dev/sda1 ]

       -i, --install
	      pathname	 to   the   actual   bootloader    binary,    default:

       -C, --config
	      use alternate configuration file [ -C config_file ]

	      auto-generate  a	/etc/elilo.conf.   Typically  only used during
	      system installation.  In normal use, an elilo.conf file  already
	      exists and will not be modified by elilo.

	      elilo  auto  configuration: create an efi boot manager entry for
	      elilo.  This option requires that the efibootmgr package also be

	      elilo auto configuration: sets the time elilo will wait for user
	      input before booting default image default: 20 (2 seconds)

	      elilo auto configuration: sets the path  to  the	kernel	image.
	      default: /vmlinuz

	      elilo auto configuration: sets the image label default: Linux

       --root elilo   auto   configuration:  sets  the	root  device  default:

	      create a new FAT filesystem on the  boot	partition.   Use  this
	      cautiously if you have more than one operating system installed,
	      and they may be sharing the same EFI partition!

       -v, --verbose
	      make elilo more verbose

	      print boring junk only useful for debugging

       -h, --help
	      display this help and exit

       -V, --version
	      output version information and exit

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]


SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]


       Additional   information   about   elilo   is	available    in    the
       /usr/share/doc/elilo directory.

AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

       The  elilo  program  and this manual page were written by Richard Hirst
       <rhirst@linuxcare.com> and Bdale Garbee <bdale@gag.com> as additions to
       the elilo bootloader package from Stephane Eranian <eranian@hpl.hp.com>
       for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

				  18 Mar 2002			      ELILO(8)
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