The LInux LOader, or LILO for short, is a legacy multi-boot loader for Linux systems. In spite of being the standard choice over the course of several years, it has been slowly phased out thanks to the advent of GRUB, an alternative boot loader offering easier configuration and less chance of rendering systems unbootable. However, many users still prefer the simplicity of traditional LILO, and it is still actively developed.
LILO can be installed during system installation by selectingduring package selection.
LILO is configured by editing the
/etc/lilo.conf file and running
lilo afterwards to apply the new configuration. If choosing LILO during the Arch Linux installation process, the configuration file should have been already performed.
As a reminder, consider that LILO needs to be run after every kernel upgrade, otherwise the system is likely to be left in an unbootable state.
More help on setting up LILO can be found in the LILO-mini-HOWTO.
A typical LILO setup:
/etc/lilo.conf's global section, as shown below.
# # /etc/lilo.conf # boot=/dev/hda # This line often fixes L40 errors on bootup # disk=/dev/hda bios=0x80 default=Arch timeout=100 lba32 prompt compact image=/boot/vmlinuz-linux label=Arch append="devfs=nomount" vga=788 root=/dev/hda2 read-only image=/boot/vmlinuz-linux label=ArchRescue root=/dev/hda8 read-only other=/dev/hda1 label=Windows # End of file
You can use hwinfo --framebuffer to determine what vga modes you can use.