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ELILO(8)				       System Manager's Manual					     ELILO(8)

NAME
elilo - install EFI boot loader
SYNOPSIS
elilo [options]
DESCRIPTION
This manual page documents briefly the elilo command, which was written specifically for the Debian distribu- tion 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 con- figuration. 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 cre- ate 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
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: /usr/{local/}lib/elilo/elilo.efi -C, --config use alternate configuration file [ -C config_file ] --autoconf 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. --efiboot elilo auto configuration: create an efi boot manager entry for elilo. This option requires that the efibootmgr package also be installed. --timeout elilo auto configuration: sets the time elilo will wait for user input before booting default image default: 20 (2 seconds) --image elilo auto configuration: sets the path to the kernel image. default: /vmlinuz --label elilo auto configuration: sets the image label default: Linux --root elilo auto configuration: sets the root device default: /dev/sda3 --format create a new FAT filesystem on the boot partition. Use this cautiously if you have more than one oper- ating system installed, and they may be sharing the same EFI partition! -v, --verbose make elilo more verbose --debug print boring junk only useful for debugging -h, --help display this help and exit -V, --version output version information and exit
FILES
/etc/elilo.conf /usr/lib/elilo/elilo.efi
SEE ALSO
efibootmgr(8) Additional information about elilo is available in the /usr/share/doc/elilo directory.
AUTHOR
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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