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Old 09-25-2005, 05:34 PM   #1
wargod2293
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Will 3rd distro be added to grub?


I currently have windows xp and ubuntu on seperate partitions on one hard drive. I would like to make another partition and install freebsd.

I need to know if my existing grub will detect freebsd when it is installed, or if I can install the grub that comes with freebsd and possibly it will detect my other os's.

Oh and I need to know how much hard drive space is necessary for the standard freebsd install and some of the extra pacages that come with it. I am hurting for space right now and need to keep it allocated accordingly.

Thanks in advance for any help!
 
Old 09-25-2005, 06:06 PM   #2
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"I need to know if my existing grub will detect freebsd when it is installed, or if I can install the grub that comes with freebsd and possibly it will detect my other os's."

The thing to do is to edit your existing /boot/grub/grub.conf on your Ubuntu system. Add a title section for the freebsd partition. Here is an example freebsd title section which you can modify to your needs.
This title section will boot FreeBSD kernel loaded from the `a' partition of the third pc slice of the first hard disk.

# For booting FreeBSD
title FreeBSD
root (hd0,2,a)
kernel /boot/loader

"Oh and I need to know how much hard drive space is necessary for the standard freebsd install and some of the extra pacages that come with it. I am hurting for space right now and need to keep it allocated accordingly."

I once installed freebsd in a 4G partition. I don't know how small I could have squeezed it. One thing though, freebsd must be installed in a primary partition, which freebsd calls a slice. You cannot install freebsd in a logical partition, which freebsd calls a partition.

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Old 09-25-2005, 09:38 PM   #3
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Some here might think I am nuts for suggesting this, but I boot both Suse and Windows. I also have a partition I have set aside specifically for trying out other distros and maby BSD some day. Any way I have found that using the open source boot manager GAG to be great for this as it is seperate from any os and is easily replaced if need be. It also will boot any Nix OS running grub in my trial partition, doesn't mater what Linux I install the GAG I have installed just loads the distro's Grub or Lilo (I either set it for default with a 0 seccond boot or 2 secconds depending on the options it has for mem test or failsafe). Once GAG is installed to the mbr and is set to boot XP and 2 partitions with Grub installed to them I need never touch GAG again, unless I have to reinstall XP of course, but then my GAG configure can be saved to flopy or simply reinstalled from the boot flopy or cd image. The only thing to do is to place both your nix's grub to the boot sectors of thier perspective partitions. Realy it is a great boot manager and can boot just about anything, and any number of OSs.

http://gag.sourceforge.net/

Last edited by randrake; 09-25-2005 at 09:48 PM.
 
  


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