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General_Tso 07-12-2003 10:23 AM

Dual Booting Debian w/ RH9
Hey folks:

After installing GRUB, I have been having some problems getting my Debian Sarge/Sid to boot in conjunction with Red Hat 9. I made the following changes, and Debian booted properly:


# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd1,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hdb2
# initrd /initrd-version.img
password --md5 [omitted]
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-8)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.20-8.img
title Debian GNU/Linux
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-
However, when I try apt-get update or apt-get install, all the sources give me an error message "did something wicked," or something to that affect. I think I messed up my permissions somehow when Debian boots by omitting something in GRUB--but your guess is as good as mine. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm stumped.


[This was cross-posted here, but I moved the topic to the Debian forum in hopes of more responses.]

BittaBrotha 07-12-2003 10:51 PM

Is your net connection online? I've gotten the "Something Wicked" message using dialup connection but I wouldn't be online when I ran the apt-get update command!

Just a thought.

General_Tso 07-12-2003 11:04 PM


Good thought. I have a cable modem that's on all the time, so that "shouldn't" be the problem. Tomorrow, I'll retry it to see if it was a temporary outage or something.

Is there anything that should normally be added the Debian section in GRUB? I thought it was a bit bare bones.



BittaBrotha 07-12-2003 11:08 PM

As far as Grub is concerned, I don't use it. I'm a lilo man myself!

General_Tso 07-13-2003 05:13 PM

Yeah, I'm a little more familiar with LILO myself, so I decided to try something new since I'm dual-booting Red Hat and GRUB is its default loader. But information is a little scant on using two Linux distributions as opposed to using Linux and Windows. If anyone knows a good GRUB FAQ or how-to, post it for me.



Axo 07-13-2003 09:44 PM

Hope that helps.


General_Tso 07-14-2003 01:44 PM

Thanks, AXO. I poked around there a little already, and I didn't find what I was looking for. However, I think I might have figured out my problem. I think I messed up one of my settings when I recompiled my kernel. During boot up, it gave me the following error:


eth0: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device
Bind socket to interface: No such device
Any ideas how I could fix this?



Axo 07-14-2003 07:30 PM

I'm not sure if i can be any more help atm , as i havn't attempted
to re-complie a kernel yet, could it be a problem with device drivers,
missing modules ? i'm probably asking questions rather than anwsering
them , but these are a couple of areas ive not looked into yet.
Hopefully someone will pick up this thread and give you a lot more help
than i can atm.

Good luck



BittaBrotha 07-14-2003 08:48 PM

I found this thread for the eth0 problem. See if it may be of help.

General_Tso 07-19-2003 06:54 AM


Thanks for the help again. I'm still working on the solution, but that thread seems to have put me on the right track.

I appreciate it. Thanks!


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