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    Custom LILO boot menus

    I have been sitting here about 9 hours trying to figure how to install a LILO graphical menu for Slackware 9, so I will not see the "blah" text screen. Here is what I did:

    I downloaded the SuSE gfxboot package from and contains the two bianries "getx11font" and "mkbootmsg" to output boot files... okay, sounds easy enough. So I went into the sample directory where the two required files are located, namely somefile.config and somefile.pcx.

    Easy to output the files, right? Not for me. I issue the commands to output the boot file, and get the error:

    Not a PCX file

    Heh, this came directly from the source tree, so I know it is not wrong. Perhaps I am issuing the wrong commands? Here is what I tried in the shell

    ..#getx11font fixed_10X20

    and it seems to work ok, because there were no errors outputted. Next

    ..#mkbootmsg -c suselogo.config suselogo.pcx

    where the manual reads the usage for the binary is

    -c config_file, --config config_file
    Create a boot message file using this configuration.
    -i, --info
    Show info about file.
    -h, --help
    Show this text.
    Where could I be going wrong? Have any of you made custom LILO screens before? Any help would be appreciated. And yes, I am scouring Google as we speak.


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    Try instruction on this site


    Not an image or image does not exist!
    Not an image or image does not exist!

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    That was very nice of you, but that's for pre-compiled boot screens. I now have little penguins running about, but I would like to create my very own, which goes back to the orginal problem.

    To output somefile.boot, I need to utilize the package gfxboot. Alas, it's still not outputting correctly.

    Anybody else have ideas?



  4. #4
    I finally figured it out, and yes, it was by looking on Google. I forgot to add the name of the output file.

     mkbootmsg -c somefile.config OUTPUTFILE
    The decumentation was not clear on that. So, for any of you wanting any custom LILO boot screens, PMm me.. I will be having fun


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