[kwlug-disc] how the ^#*&^)(& do i convince debian to install grub, not LILO?
Robert P. J. Day
rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Thu Sep 10 06:39:36 EDT 2009
On Wed, 9 Sep 2009, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> for the first time, i'm doing a manual partitioning install of
> debian lenny (5.0.3), where i'm creating a small primary partition
> /dev/hda1) for /boot, and the rest of the HD is devoted to a single
> LVM PV, which will contain a number of other logical volumes.
> my problem is that, no matter what variation i use, i'm only given
> the option of installing LILO as the boot loader, not grub. it's as
> if my selection of partitioning confuses the install process to the
> point where it thinks grub is not an option.
> i've googled a fair bit, and one suggestion was to make that /boot
> primary partition bootable, which i did, and it made no difference.
> i finally just left LILO in there, after which the install
> completed, and the reboot crashed, unable to mount the root
> does anyone know what it is about a partitioning selection that
> would make a debian install give up on grub as a bootloader option?
ok, i think i've debugged this one. AFAICT, if you select ext3 as
the filesystem type for the primary /boot partition, you will no
longer be given the opportunity to install grub when installing debian
-- you need to use ext2. why is that? i have a fedora system which
uses ext3 for the primary /boot partition and grub works just fine
is this really what a debian install looks for (ext2 vs ext3 for
/boot partition) in deciding whether or not to allow you to use grub?
Robert P. J. Day Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
Linux Consulting, Training and Annoying Kernel Pedantry.
Web page: http://crashcourse.ca
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