System Administration Guide: Basic Administration

x86: findroot Command

All Oracle Solaris installation methods, including Solaris Live Upgrade, now use the findroot command for specifying which disk slice on an x86 based system to boot. This implementation supports booting systems with Oracle Solaris ZFS roots, as well as UFS roots. Previously, the root command, root (hd0.0.a), was used to explicitly specify which disk slice to boot. This information is located in the menu.lst file that is used by GRUB.

The most common form of the GRUB menu.lst entry is now as follows:

findroot (rootfs0,0,a)
kernel$ /platform/i86pc/kernel/$ISADIR/unix -B $ZFS-BOOTFS
module$ /platform/i86pc/$ISADIR/boot_archive

In some Oracle Solaris 10 releases, the entry is as follows:

findroot (pool_rpool,0,a)
kernel$ /platform/i86pc/multiboot -B $ZFS-BOOTFS
module /platform/i86pc/boot_archive

For more information, see x86: Implementation of the findroot Command.