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Old 10-30-2003, 11:11 AM   #1
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Switching to GRUB from LILO

Took over administration for some RedHat 7.2 servers and they are currently using LILO as their boot loader and I want to change to GRUB.
Not having very much luck. Am attempting to run
/sbin/grub-install /dev/cciss/c0d0 and it comes back with the following error:

"expr: non-numeric argument
/dev/cciss/c0d0p1 does not have any corresponding BIOS drive."

Was just wondering if anyone else has ever seen this or had any ideas or suggestions as what to try next.

Thanks in advance.
Old 10-30-2003, 11:18 AM   #2
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I use Mdk so can't help you with RH syntax but if grub-install works in RH, it must install to a /dev/hda or /dev/sda etc that can be found in your /etc/fstab file.

Can you post that file so RH gurus can have a peek?
Old 10-30-2003, 11:21 AM   #3
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Here is my /etc/fstab file:

/dev/cciss/c0d0p1 / ext3 defaults 1 1
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
/dev/cciss/c0d0p3 /dump ext3 defaults 1 2
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
/dev/cciss/c0d0p5 /usr/local ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/cciss/c0d0p6 /var ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/cciss/c0d0p2 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0

Since I did not set up these systems I am really not sure how they were setup...exactly. But I assumed that at install the MBR was installed on c0d0p1.

Old 11-01-2003, 10:47 PM   #4
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it looks like you have raid, can't help this can start you you off
Old 11-01-2003, 11:57 PM   #5
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i had troubles before where i would mount / from a rescue cd, chroot into it, and /dev/hda wouldn't have a bios drive. i had to simply gruib-install /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/disc and that was essentially /dev/hda without the short convenience symlink. try ls -l /dev/cciss and see where the devs really lie, if not exactly there...

just did a search for /dev/cciss, looks like a scsi controller. if there's no bios drive after all, i'm not sure what you'd do... in an emergency, you can actually go into grub from a grub floppy and use the 'shell' to install to a bootsector. grub-install is really only good for MBR installs, and grub shell's install command is good for superblock installs. that may in fact be what you need anyway...


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