[SATLUG] Trying to understand UUID and grub

Charles Mims chmims at gmail.com
Wed Nov 19 19:34:18 CST 2008

I am trying to understand UUID #.   I understand that it is a unique ID for
a device.
But unfortunately it seems to be able to change for partitions which seems
to be
causing problems with GRUB.   I have tried substituting /dev/sdx but that
seem to be the solutions.   So I am trying to find out the UUID # for a
so I can use that.    How ever I seem to be getting two different #'s .

#/sbin/blkid /dev/sdx gives me one UUID #.  Which does not seem to change
reformating the partition.  However!

#/sbin/vol_id /dev/sdx returns a different UUID # and that number changes if
partition is reformated.

My concern is that installing a different distro of Linux and lettting it
write a new
GRUB to the MBR seems to result in being unable to load the the previously
distro.   Simply copying the old grub  config to the new doesn't seem to


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