Sometimes, one must play with LILO configuration files. The good
news is that (1) they are movable and (2) you can tell Linuxconf about
it. Just go to the "List all configuration files" menu, scroll to the
/etc/lilo.conf line and select the
edit button. Enter the
new path of the LILO configuration file. Be aware that LILO
expects to find its configuration file in
moving the file, it has to go to a subdirectory holding an
subdirectory in which you will place the file
There are different reasons why one would want to do this. Here are some of those reasons:
On the other hand, some distributions properly install all the files needed for booting in a /boot directory, which is kept in a separate partition, if your root directory is not entirely below the 1024 cylinder mark. In that case, you are not likely to need to move LILO at all.
On a machine dedicated to Linux, where you have a large drive with more than 1024 cylinders, many people will create a smaller partition for the basic OS and a larger for the data, insuring that all LILO files fits under the 1024 cylinder limit.
This is often annoying as it makes management more complex. You end up with two partitions partly filled.
Another solution is to create a very small partition (a few megs) at the beginning of the disk and reserve that for LILO configuration and kernel files. In this way, you can create a single large root partition which is easier to manage.
(One can argue that creating a single large partition is a bad
idea as it puts "all the eggs in the same basket." Given the design
EXT2 filesystem, which distributes management
information all over the partition, with replication, I doubt this
So you have a partition which fits the bill. It is all accessible
from the BIOS? Here are the steps to follow. Suppose this partition
is mounted under the
lilo directory and you want to put
all the configuration files in the root of this partition.
You can activate this moved configuration like this
/sbin/lilo -r /lilo
And you can do this with Linuxconf by telling it the
/etc/lilo.conf is now
From now on, using Linuxconf, this should be completely
invisible to you or whoever manages your machine.