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From: Duncan <1i5t5.duncan@×××.net>
To: gentoo-amd64@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-amd64] Re: Please suggest settings and flags in /etc/make.conf?
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 11:46:54
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-amd64] Please suggest settings and flags in /etc/make.conf? by Lie Ryan
1 Lie Ryan posted on Fri, 22 Jan 2010 19:02:24 +1100 as excerpted:
3 > On 01/22/10 15:01, Mark Knecht wrote:
4 >> Anyway, right now that's not my problem. This must be my 20th install
5 >> following the install guide but this time on this machine I am unable
6 >> to boot anything. Once again grub has bit me and it's acting like it's
7 >> blown away even windows, but I'm also not getting my grub.conf menu so
8 >> I don't know what's going on.
9 >
10 > There isn't many ways for booting to fail; it's either a faulty grub
11 > installation (e.g. forgetting to rerun grub-install), faulty grub.conf,
12 > or faulty kernel config. The easiest way to boot gentoo is to use
13 > genkernel; if you can boot using the genkernel, it means grub is
14 > properly installed.
16 I did a recent install to my (32-bit-only) netbook, using a chroot image
17 created on my main 64-bit machine, following loosely the 32-bit chroot
18 guide.
20 That ran into grub problems, because the thumb-drive I was using to boot
21 and to transfer the image, is also the grub rescue boot for my main
22 machine, using grub-static (because my main machine is no-multilib, but
23 with the 32-bit chroot image). I had installed normal self-compiled grub
24 in the (main machine not directly booted) 32-bit image, and when I went
25 to install that and do the grub-install on the 32-bit netbook, I ended up
26 with, I believe, a mix of the stage-1 grub-static and stage-2 grub, which
27 didn't work. Either that or the self-compiled grub didn't like one of my
28 CFLAGS or something, which is possible, but I think it was a mix of the
29 two.
31 In that case, I simply decided that if grub-static was good enough for my
32 64-bit main machine, and was booting the netbook fine from the USB stick
33 (which has kernels and grub menu options for both the 32-bit and the 64-
34 bit machines), it was good enough for the 32-bit machine as well. So
35 back in the 32-bit chroot image on my main machine, I unmerged grub and
36 merged grub-static instead. After an rsync 32-bit image to thumb-drive
37 and thumb-drive to netbook, and a grub-install of grub-static on the
38 netbook, it worked.
40 So now I'm using grub-static everywhere. If you're having an issue with
41 grub, perhaps grub-static will work for you as well. Since it's a pre-
42 compiled package, the binaries it contain are well tested on quite a few
43 machines by now, so there's no wondering if it was somehow screwed up
44 with strange cflags or something. If it doesn't work and at least get
45 you to a grub prompt, it's almost certainly because the grub-install step
46 failed.
48 One of these days I'll try again with grub, but I expect when I do it'll
49 be with grub2. Until grub2, I think I'll leave well enough alone and
50 stick with grub-static.
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