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From: Mick <michaelkintzios@×××××.com>
To: Gentoo User <gentoo-user@l.g.o>
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] anyone using Lilo to dual-boot ?
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 06:36:33
In Reply to: [gentoo-user] anyone using Lilo to dual-boot ? by Philip Webb
1 On Monday 12 July 2010 06:52:03 Philip Webb wrote:
2 > My cousin in England wants to try out Linux & has an Ubuntu Live CD.
3 > To help her, I've installed the same on a separate partition in my box.
4 > The partition is /dev/sda8 & is formatted ReiserFS.
5 > I use Lilo as boot manager & don't want to change to Grub
6 > just to offer temporary help to someone,
7 > so I refused to let the Ubuntu installer overwrite my MBR,
8 > hoping to get Lilo to see Ubuntu via an appropriate 'lilo.conf'.
9 > I've managed to get Lilo to add Ubuntu to the boot menu,
10 > but only by mounting /dev/sda8 as /z/mount8 & using the line
11 >
12 > image = /z/mount8/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-21-generic
13 >
14 > However, when I reboot & select that image via its label,
15 > I'm getting the hoary old 'VFS: can't open root device "808"'.
16 > I've tried adding a dir /z/mount8 in the Ubuntu partition
17 > with a symlink of 'boot' to '../../boot' there, but it doesn't help.
18 > This does look rather messy, but I just want to be able to boot Ubuntu
19 > in order to advise my cousin when she starts using her version.
20 >
21 > Is anyone successfully dual-booting Linux distros using Lilo ?
22 > Might it be ReiserFS ? -- should I re-install Ubuntu with another FS ?
24 I think Ubuntu is using GRUB2. Anyhow, I suggest you install a separate boot
25 partition with an ext2 fs and you install GRUB2 there instead of the MBR.
26 Then chainload it from your LILO bootloader menu.
27 --
28 Regards,
29 Mick


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Re: [gentoo-user] anyone using Lilo to dual-boot ? Philip Webb <purslow@××××××××.net>