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EDDY1 10-22-2010 02:03 AM

no grub/defaults/grub to edit on triole-boot system
Triple-boot system can't find grub/defaults/grub file. debian lenny on hda2, winsxp hda3, ubuntu10.10 hdb2. All 3 accessible(working). I had to reinstall all Oses, winsxp 2nd after installing Ubuntu this time Grub2 detected and has each os running. I've so far looked at the Debian grubmenu.lst which shows that winsxp is listed but not Ubuntu even though I can boot Ubuntu. I'm sure that grub2 is in control because at boot it shows grub 1.98 also the os selection looks like the 1 in grub2

I examined my partitions using gparted it shows that winsxp is labeled as boot lba. That was sda3.

1. There's grub legacy in debian, ? in winsxp, grub2 in Ubuntu. where did grub2 go? It's menu is not in debian.
2. How do I find it or should I just change the grub that is within Debian to Grub2 & make it the system default and it's at the beginning of the system.

At the time of Ubuntu installation I didn't have access to Debian, due to wins install. So wins partition had boot flag.

3. Is there a way to enable grub legacy and add Ubuntu entries to it?
4. Is it as easy as changing the boot flags to Grub in Debian partition at beginning of hda?
5. Why can't I see default grub file on this installation of Ubuntu?
On this 1 as well as the other I have root login and can't see it.

yancek 10-22-2010 10:10 AM

According to this site, Grub Legacy is the default bootloader for Debian Lenny:


I'm sure that grub2 is in control because at boot it shows grub 1.98 also the os selection looks like the 1 in grub2
That should be the Ubuntu Grub2.


How do I find it or should I just change the grub that is within Debian to Grub2 & make it the system default and it's at the beginning of the system.
If it is working with Ubuntu Grub2, there is no reason to change?

[QUOTE]3. Is there a way to enable grub legacy and add Ubuntu entries to it?[QUOTE]

Yes. See this site, Section 5.B. Again, if it is working with Grub2 in Ubuntu, no reason to change:

I don't believe changing the boot flag on the Debian parition will do much.


Why can't I see default grub file on this installation of Ubuntu?
Which file? Post the ouput of ls /boot/grub

EDDY1 10-22-2010 10:39 AM

I don't know if this 1 is the 1 you want but this is what I get. This 1 is from the Ubuntu term.

PHP Code:

root@jchrisen2-xxxxxxxxxxxxxx:/home/jchrisen2# ls /boot/grub
915resolution.mod  cs5536.mod                   gcry_sha1.mod       load.cfg        parttool.lst         terminal.mod
.mod           datehook.mod                 gcry_sha256.mod     loadenv.mod     parttool.mod         terminfo.mod
.mod           date.mod                     gcry_sha512.mod     locale          password.mod         test.mod
.mod         datetime.mod                 gcry_tiger.mod      loopback.mod    password_pbkdf2.mod  tga.mod
.mod            diskboot.img                 gcry_twofish.mod    lsmmap.mod      pbkdf2.mod           trig.mod
.mod           dm_nv.mod                    gcry_whirlpool.mod  ls.mod          pci.mod              true.mod
.mod            drivemap.mod                 gettext.mod         lspci.mod       play.mod             udf.mod
.mod      echo.mod                     gfxmenu.mod         lvm.mod         png.mod              ufs1.mod
.mod    efiemu32.o                   gfxterm.mod         mdraid.mod      probe.mod            ufs2.mod
.mod        efiemu64.o                   gptsync.mod         memdisk.mod     pxeboot.img          uhci.mod
.mod           efiemu.mod                   grldr.img           memrw.mod       pxecmd.mod           usb_keyboard.mod
.mod       elf.mod                      grub.cfg            minicmd.mod     pxe.mod              usb.mod
.mod         example_functional_test.mod  grubenv             minix.mod       raid5rec.mod         usbms.mod
.mod   ext2.mod                     gzio.mod            mmap.mod        raid6rec.mod         usbtest.mod
.mod      extcmd.mod                   halt.mod            moddep.lst      raid.mod             vbeinfo.mod
.img           fat.mod                      handler.lst         msdospart.mod   read.mod             vbe.mod
.mod           font.mod                     hashsum.mod         multiboot2.mod  reboot.mod           vbetest.mod
.mod            fshelp.mod                   hdparm.mod          multiboot.mod   regexp.mod           vga.mod
.mod          fs.lst                       hello.mod           nilfs2.mod      reiserfs.mod         vga_text.mod
.mod            functional_test.mod          help.mod            normal.mod      relocator.mod        video_bochs.mod
.img         gcry_arcfour.mod             hexdump.mod         ntfscomp.mod    scsi.mod             video_cirrus.mod
.mod          gcry_blowfish.mod            hfs.mod             ntfs.mod        search_fs_file.mod   video_fb.mod
.mod       gcry_camellia.mod            hfsplus.mod         ohci.mod        search_fs_uuid.mod   video.lst
.mod            gcry_cast5.mod               iorw.mod            part_acorn.mod  search_label.mod     video.mod
.lst        gcry_crc.mod                 iso9660.mod         part_amiga.mod  search.mod           videotest.mod
.mod     gcry_des.mod                 jfs.mod             part_apple.mod  serial.mod           xfs.mod
.img           gcry_md4.mod                 jpeg.mod            part_bsd.mod    setjmp.mod           xnu.mod
.mod           gcry_md5.mod                 kernel.img          part_gpt.mod    setpci.mod           xnu_uuid.mod
.mod          gcry_rfc2268.mod             keystatus.mod       partmap.lst     sfs.mod              zfsinfo.mod
.mod            gcry_rijndael.mod            linux16.mod         part_msdos.mod  sleep.mod            zfs.mod
.lst         gcry_seed.mod                linux.mod           part_sun.mod    tar.mod
.mod         gcry_serpent.mod             lnxboot.img         part_sunpc.mod  terminal.lst 

EDDY1 10-22-2010 10:53 AM

Here is the output from debian

debianjchrisen1:/home/jerome# ls /boot/grub
default fat_stage1_5 menu.lst~ stage1 jfs_stage1_5 minix_stage1_5 stage2
e2fs_stage1_5 menu.lst reiserfs_stage1_5 xfs_stage1_5

EDDY1 10-22-2010 06:38 PM

Thank you Yancek for putting me back on track, I don't think I spent enough time reading that article.
It has been suggested in prev posts, I obviously haven't done all my homework. I'll post my results as soon as I get it taken care of.

yancek 10-22-2010 10:33 PM

That's an awful lot of files in the Ubuntu /boot/grub directory! Guess it's right, you do have a grub.cfg file there. I haven't used Grub2 so I have nothing to compare it to. From what I have read about Grub2, it seems it would be easier to boot a Grub Legacy system from Grub2 than the reverse. At least you are able to boot your systems. Good luck with everything.

EDDY1 10-22-2010 11:14 PM

I think that I've found the file that I've been looking for in /boot/grub/grub.cfg

PHP Code:

# It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
  set have_grubenv
if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
  set saved_entry
save_env saved_entry
  set prev_saved_entry
save_env prev_saved_entry
  set boot_once

function savedefault {
  if [ -
"${boot_once}" ]; then
save_env saved_entry

recordfail {
set recordfail=1
if [ -"${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -"${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfailfifi

load_video {
insmod vbe
  insmod vga

insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 7fe3df2a-5ee2-468a-a97d-e8f777b34c3f
if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 then
  set gfxmode
  insmod gfxterm
terminal_output gfxterm
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 7fe3df2a-5ee2-468a-a97d-e8f777b34c3f
set locale_dir
set lang
insmod gettext
if [ "${recordfail}" ]; then
  set timeout
set timeout=10
### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 7fe3df2a-5ee2-468a-a97d-e8f777b34c3f
/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=7fe3df2a-5ee2-468a-a97d-e8f777b34c3f ro   quiet splash
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 7fe3df2a-5ee2-468a-a97d-e8f777b34c3f
echo    'Loading Linux 2.6.35-22-generic ...'
linux    /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=7fe3df2a-5ee2-468a-a97d-e8f777b34c3f ro single 
echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd    /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 7fe3df2a-5ee2-468a-a97d-e8f777b34c3f
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 7fe3df2a-5ee2-468a-a97d-e8f777b34c3f
/boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.6.26-2-686 (on /dev/sda1)" {
insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 5c1d78f5-f165-441f-ba75-94b30cdd4a38
/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.26-2-686 root=/dev/hda1 ro
menuentry "Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.6.26-2-686 (single-user mode) (on /dev/sda1)" {
insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 5c1d78f5-f165-441f-ba75-94b30cdd4a38
/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.26-2-686 root=/dev/hda1 ro single
menuentry "Microsoft Windows XP Professional (on /dev/sda3)" {
insmod part_msdos
    insmod fat
    set root
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 588c-308a
-(hd0) ${root}
chainloader +1
### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
if [ -f  $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
  source $prefix
### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ### 

This file shows all 3 o.s.
I don't think that I really need to keep grub-legacy, being that grub2 can detect all operating systems,
but I do want to try and cofigure it just 2 say I can do it.

So I will be trying to restore grub-legacy and making the link to grub2.
What do I need to adjust on this installation so I don't have to scroll to view my post?
It's obviously this browser, I'm using same computer different o.s if that helps.

Larry Webb 10-23-2010 04:46 AM

Grub legacy can not read ext4 file system of ubuntu. I gave up and went to grub2. The thing I dis like is grub2 is more complicated than legacy,

EDDY1 10-23-2010 04:55 AM

I know it doesn't just have to know how to do it.

Larry Webb 10-23-2010 06:07 AM

Here is a good tutorial on grub2 that I used and still refer to. Pay attention to Reinstalling grub2 from live cd. You will have to use your ubuntu disc as live cd.

grub2 tutorial

I am no authority but will try and help.

EDDY1 10-23-2010 07:11 AM

Thank You Larry that 1 is 1 I didn't have a bookmark on. Very useful, along with the totorials at the dedoimedo site.

Larry Webb 10-23-2010 09:50 AM

Try to restore grub2 as explained by using a live cd. If you run into problems try and remember what you tried and any errors or what did not work.

EDDY1 10-24-2010 02:35 AM

Okay I ended-up installing grub2 all together. I also had to change my Debian lenny kernel because
it didn't have support fort ext4 fs. I wasn't aware that grub2 changes the drive letters. In fact
I was sure that the ide drives were still listed as hdX. You learn something new everyday.
And Thanks for the info Larry and Yancek.

To my fellow newbies using cd to recover, look in the examples file. It's all there.

Larry Webb 10-24-2010 05:43 AM

If solved please use Thread Tools button at top and mark Solved

EDDY1 10-24-2010 02:21 PM

Sorry Larry I haven't completed this task yet. As soon as I have my grub completely configured,
I shall mark as solved.

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