On Alpha workstations with SRM, aboot is used to load the kernel image. Aboot falls into the category of new-generation loaders that are able to read filesystems natively - but aboot only supports ext2, iso9660 and ufs filesystems. So the choise for the filesystem holding the kernel images is quite limitted ...

Configuration Example for Manual Installation

The layout of configuration file /etc/aboot.conf differs from the usual lilo style config - and is really simple.

It just contains a list of images to load starting with a unique number for later reference, for example at the SRM prompt - separated by a colon the partition containing the kernel image must be specified follow by the kernel filename and optional arguments. So a basic configuration looks like:

0:2/vmlinuz root=/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part2 ro