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I triple booted my puter with xp/backtrack 3/fedora 8.
Here are my partitions
sda1 windows xp
sda3 / for fedora 8
sda6 backtrack 3
I'm using the grub bootloader. In my grub.conf, (hd0,2) which is the sda3 fedora 8 partition is where fedora 8's kernel and initrd are located. The same goes with backtrack 3. So basically sda3 is used for booting kernels and initrd.
My question is, what is the purpose of sda2 the /boot partition if it doesn't get used?
Did you create it? Perhaps when installing Fedora, you created a boot partition, but then neglected to tell the installer that you wanted it mounted and used.
I am in the habit of creating a separate boot partition and formatting it with a basic filesystem like ext2 or ext3. My root system is usually something more esoteric or exotic like xfs, which the bootloader may not like.
In any case, if it is indeed not being used and you do not need to reclaim the space, you can pretty much ignore it for now.
Fedora wants to default to an LVM filesystem (logical volume management) that grub can't understand, so the Fedora default is to create a /boot that is formatted as ext3 and it puts the kernel, etc. there where grub can read it. The boot process then loads the LVM, and you're on your way.
It's actually handy to have /boot separate - if nothing else I stick my "master" grub there and chainload to other grubs on each linux / partition/ It makes menu.lst uodating easier (since most updaters want to update their menu.lst when a new kernel is installed)