[SATLUG] Let the dispute begin
bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Mon Jul 25 16:18:52 CDT 2011
Othniel Graichen wrote:
> I few years back I attempted such a beast, I found that the distros do NOT
> play nicely when it comes to the boot partition. Each distro considers the
> needs of itself and Windows but not that of other Linux distros.
Absolutely true and it is a PITA. My suggestion for someone who wants
multiple Linux distros on the same system is to learn how to manage a
separate boot partition. There is nothing in the boot partition that is
needed after linux started, so don't mount /boot except when necessary.
Of course as many of you know, I use LFS and control things myself. To
do other distros is not that difficult, but it helps to have LFS to fall
back on. An alternative is to have a grub boot CD to run grub from a
command line to get to where you have control and edit grub.cfg manually.
Basically to create a boot version of grub, you need to:
cd /tmp &&
grub-mkrescue --output=grub-img.iso &&
xorriso -as cdrecord -v dev=/dev/cdrw blank=as_needed grub-img.iso
To reset the MBR, mount /boot and run:
Edit /boot/grub/grub.cfg to taste. Also, always keep a backup of
The above is pretty brief. I'll be glad to answer questions.
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