Boot the PC using the floppy labeled "boot disk". Place the recently created root disk in fd0 when prompted. The output should resemble the example below:
GNU GRUB version 0.95 Uncompressing Linux... Ok, booting kernel. .. .. [various kernel messages] .. VFS: Insert root floppy to be loaded into RAM disk and press ENTER RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0 VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly. Freeing unused kernel memory: 178k freed Checking local filesystem integrity. /dev/ram0: clean 105/1024 files 2842/4096 blocks Remounting / as read-write. Mounting local filesystems. Setting the hostname. INIT: Entering runlevel: 1 # _
Use the mount command to check that local filesystems are mounted as read-write. The output should look like the example below.
bash# mount /dev/root on / type ext2 (rw) proc on /proc type proc (rw)
Check the hostname.
bash# uname -n gnu-linux
Bring the system down gracefully with the shutdown command.
bash# shutdown -h now
We should see the following output from init and the shutdown scripts:
INIT: Switching to runlevel: 0 INIT: Sending processes the TERM signal Terminated INIT: Sending processes the KILL signal Unmounting local filesystems. Initiating system halt. System halted.