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11<version>1.11</version> 11<version>1.13</version>
12<date>2005-10-02</date> 12<date>2006-02-27</date>
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15<title>Introduction to Block Devices</title> 15<title>Introduction to Block Devices</title>
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17<title>Block Devices</title> 17<title>Block Devices</title>
220for installing Gentoo, we'll need to load a bootloader, and possibly multiple 220for installing Gentoo, we'll need to load a bootloader, and possibly multiple
221kernel images (depending on system type) directly into the volume header. 221kernel images (depending on system type) directly into the volume header.
222The volume header itself can hold up to <e>eight</e> images of any size, 222The volume header itself can hold up to <e>eight</e> images of any size,
223with each image allowed eight-character names. 223with each image allowed eight-character names.
224</p> 224</p>
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226<note>
227On SGI systems, there are two bootloaders available: <c>arcboot</c> and
228<c>arcload</c>. Currently, only the Indy, Indigo2 (R4k variety), Challenge S
229and O2 are capable of using <c>arcboot</c> as a bootloader, whereas
230<c>arcload</c> runs on all the Linux-supported SGI machines. Unlike
231<c>arcboot</c> however, <c>arcload</c> cannot presently read EXT2/3 partitions,
232and thus, loads its kernels from the volume header.
233</note>
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227The process of making the volume header larger isn't exactly straight-forward; 236The process of making the volume header larger isn't exactly straight-forward;
228there's a bit of a trick to it. One cannot simply delete and re-add the volume 237there's a bit of a trick to it. One cannot simply delete and re-add the volume
229header due to odd fdisk behavior. In the example provided below, we'll create a 238header due to odd fdisk behavior. In the example provided below, we'll create a

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