[SATLUG] Let the dispute begin

Othniel Graichen othniel at gmail.com
Mon Jul 25 18:44:08 CDT 2011


Regarding separate boot partitions --

You can only have 4 primary partitions so the
example given with 3 distros and LVM
is Totally maxed out and NOT extensible to more OSes.

OMG

On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 4:25 PM, Lance Schneider <schneider.lh at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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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