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#1 2006-06-21 18:14:21

Gullible Jones
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Registered: 2004-12-29
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Syslinux spits out ridiculous error message

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.

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#2 2006-06-21 20:14:08

scarecrow
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From: Greece
Registered: 2004-11-18
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Re: Syslinux spits out ridiculous error message

I think you need dosfstools, not mtools.


Microshaft delenda est

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#3 2006-06-21 21:05:19

Gullible Jones
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Registered: 2004-12-29
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Re: Syslinux spits out ridiculous error message

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. roll)

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