When I try to put syslinux on my USB stick ('syslinux -s /dev/sda1'), I get this error:
unkown filesystem type msdos
I'm pretty sure this shouldn't happen - syslinux is designed to boot off of FAT (i.e. MSDOS) filesystems, and /dev/sda1 is formatted FAT16. What is happening here?
Edit: FWIW I have mtools installed, it does not seem to help.
I think you need dosfstools, not mtools.
Microshaft delenda est
Thanks but that wasn't the problem... It turns out I was supposed to use te binary in the syslinux-$version/mtools directory, not the one in the unix dir. Kind of oddball naming but what the heck, it works now.
(I wasn't using the PKGBUILD because I had to do this from within Frugalware... Got SLAX working now though, so I can ditch the damned floppies and reinstall with archbootstrap. Getting my BIOS to support USB at a decent speed is up next, if I can pull it off without frying anything. )