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Puppy Boot Parameters

This page lists some of the parameters/arguments you can set on Puppy's boot-up. (Note- these don't apply to early versions of Puppy, especially pre-Puppy2.)
Parameters are passed to Puppy in one of two ways: either by typing an option at the boot-up screen (if Puppy is in 'live' mode), or via one of the bootloader files.

For example, if grub is being used and the menu.1st kernel line needs modifying,
kernel /slacko531/vmlinuz acpi=off pmedia=atahd psubdir=slacko531
and if syslinux is used and syslinux.cfg needs modifying,
append initrd=/boot/initrd.gz acpi=off pmedia=atahd psubdir=slacko531

pfix allows various options to be selected:

If using multiple pfix options, separate them with a comma, e.g. pfix=rdsh,usbcard

Add nopcmcia if you don't want PCMCIA (PC card) drivers and card manager to be started during the boot process.

The keyboard layout for a country. Default is "us".
Choices include: be br cf de dk es fi fr gr hu it jp no pl ru se uk us
See Barry's recent blog post for more on this.

Controls which file is loaded as BaseSfs. Specify full path and filename.
Example- pupsfs=sdb1:/pwary/wary_511.sfs

PupSave files
Puppy's behavior on boot-up depends whether any savefiles are found:

Note: the boot files on a multi-session disk work differently from those used for live disk and frugal installs. They look for and make save files differently, see Save file multi-session for more information.

Psave allows a user to specify which PupSave files to use. This allows the pupsave selection menu to be skipped (shows if more than one savefile is found).

Boot File Search Parameters
First, Puppy tries to detect all interfaces, media and partitions. Then the search for boot files begins.

Specify boot device by interface and/or media-type. This is a search filter.
Omitting this parameter usually results in Puppy correctly locating boot files; however, it can be useful if you are having problems.
Manually specify the boot interface and/or media using one of the following:
usbflash usbhd usbcd ideflash idehd idecd idezip satahd satacd scsihd
Acceptable interfaces include USB, IDE, SATA, and SCSI
Acceptable mediatypes include flash, hard drive (hdd), CD/DVD, and ZIP
Example- PMEDIA=idehd
Note: Use of this parameter can prevent some BIOS from finding Puppy, especially in the case of using USB flash drives - because they are identified inconsistently by various BIOS (as flash, hdd, zip ...). Therefore the user should find out in advance exactly how a particular pc works before adding this parameter.
(Applies to Puppy 2.x and later).

Specifies boot device by partition. This is a search filter.
Example- Pdev1=sda1

Specifies ({device}{type}/path) the location of boot files in the boot partition. If not specified init will look in / and /boot, order-unknown. As of puppy 3.00 this parameter also restricts the boot search for pup_save files: only those in a matching directory will used. This can be used to allow multiple-puppy installation on the same partition to be used without risk of using the wrong one in error. Also see Psubok.
Example- psubdir=boot/puppy216

Using psubok=TRUE implies all boot files are in Psubdir AND init may search deeper than one directory level.
Without this setting init's search for the base sfs will be one directory level deep at most.
In a multiboot scenario, not using this option may lead to an "sfs not found" error. This can be confusing because a user may have their base-sfs file in the same (sub)directory as vmlinuz (kernel) and initrd.

Also see
Save File - AKA 'Pup Save' stores updates, in a frugal installation.
Save File - multisession - save files used on mutli-session optical media

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