next up previous contents
Next: Boot command-line options Up: 2.2.2 LILO Previous: Bios Limitations   Contents The boot prompt

Immediately after it's loaded, LILO checks whether one of the following is happening:

If this is the case, LILO displays the "boot:" prompt and waits for the name of a boot image (i.e. Linux kernel or other operating system). Otherwise, it boots the default boot image or - if a delay has been specified - waits for one of the listed activities until that amount of time has passed.

At the boot prompt, the name of the image to boot can be entered. Typing errors can be corrected with [BackSpace], [Delete], [Ctrl U] and [Ctrl X]. A list of known images can be obtained by pressing [?] or [Tab].

If [Enter] is pressed and no file name has been entered, the default image is booted.