[SATLUG] Let the dispute begin

mark mark at kandm-solutions.com
Mon Jul 25 21:39:19 CDT 2011


You can install Linux on extended partitions

On Mon, 2011-07-25 at 18:44 -0500, Othniel Graichen wrote:
> 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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