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Re: [vox-tech] Lilo Bye Ta-ta



On Sun, 8 Aug 2004 13:38:06 -0700
Rick Moen <rick@linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> Quoting Henry House (hajhouse@houseag.com):
> 
> > Yes. If you botch a kernel installation, grub will continue to work.
> 
> A lot of people never learned the Zen of LILO:
> 
> 1. /sbin/lilo (the "map installer") is best thought of as a compiler,
> and /etc/lilo.conf as its source code.
> 
> 2. Therefore, if you change /etc/lilo.conf or any of the files it
> points to, you must run /sbin/lilo before rebooting, to "recompile".
> 
> 3. You should always have a "safeboot" stanza in /etc/lilo, pointing
> to a known-good kernel image that you never fool with, as a
> fallback. This ensures that if, e.g., you compile a new kernel but
> accidentally omit console support, you can easily recover.
> 
> GRUB is a capable and flexible bootloader, but practically all of the
> reasons commonly cited for it being preferable to LILO boil down to
> "I once messed with my boot files before reading LILO documentation,
> shot myself in the foot, and therefore blame LILO."
> 
> 
> GRUB claims as an advantage that it can read (and thus lets you
> browse) filesystems.  The corollary disadvantage is that it _must_ be
> able to read that filesystem.  Minor filesystem damage might prevent
> boot (where it would  not block lilo), and of a certainty you cannot
> boot GRUB from novel filesystems it doesn't know how to parse.  Want
> to run GRUB from XFS or JFS?  You'll have to patch it.
> 

XFS and JFS are supported.

[bloom@kabloom ~]$ ls /boot/grub/
device.map     ffs_stage1_5  menu.lst~          stage1          
xfs_stage1_5 e2fs_stage1_5  jfs_stage1_5  minix_stage1_5     stage2
fat_stage1_5   menu.lst      reiserfs_stage1_5  vstafs_stage1_5


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