Follow these steps to boot the system:
Restart the PC with the boot disk in the floppy drive.
When the LILO prompt appears, type bootdisk init=/bin/sh and press Enter.
Insert the root disk when prompted.
If all goes well the screen should look something like the example shown below.
boot: bootdisk init=/bin/sh Loading bootdisk Uncompressing Linux... Ok, booting kernel. .. .. [various kernel messages] .. VFS: Insert root floppy disk to be loaded into RAM disk and press ENTER RAMDISK: ext2 filesystem found at block 0 RAMDISK: Loading 1440 blocks [1 disk] into ram disk... done. VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly. Freeing unused kernel memory: 178k freed # _
Try out a few of BASH's built-in commands to see if things are working properly.
bash# echo "Hello World" bash# cd / bash# pwd bash# echo *
Try out a few other familiar commands.
bash# ls /var bash# mkdir /var/tmp
Notice that only commands internal to BASH actually work and that external commands like ls and mkdir do not work at all. This shortcoming is something that can be addressed in a future phase of the project. For now we should just enjoy the fact that our prototype boot / root diskset works and that it was not all that hard to build.