[SATLUG] Let the dispute begin

Lance Schneider schneider.lh at gmail.com
Mon Jul 25 16:25:55 CDT 2011


I had asked about separate boot partitions at the outset of this discussion.

On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 4:18 PM, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
>
> http://www.linuxfromscratch.**org/lfs/view/development/**
> chapter08/grub.html<http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/view/development/chapter08/grub.html>
>
> 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:
>
> grub-install /dev/sda
>
> Edit /boot/grub/grub.cfg to taste.  Also, always keep a backup of
> /boot/grub/grub.cfg.
>
> The above is pretty brief.  I'll be glad to answer questions.
>
>  -- Bruce
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