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Old 05-01-2002, 05:45 AM   #1
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Gentoo w/ a dual boot

Ok, here's my scenario. I'm in the process of installing Gentoo as I type this. It's going to be by itself on a second hard drive (/dev/hdd). On the first hard drive(/dev/hda) is WinME and Debian, booting w/ LILO on the MBR.

What I want to do is use my existing LILO to boot my new Gentoo install. Would I have to reboot the machine when I get to the grub install part of the Gentoo instructions, edit my lilo.conf in the /etc directory of my debian install, rerun lilo and then reboot to get into gentoo?

I've done a "man lilo.conf" and think I have the ideas on what to do, just want to make sure before I go off and screw everything up

Old 05-01-2002, 08:01 AM   #2
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OK proceed with installing Gentoo linux on the second hard drive and dont worry about installing grub or anything. Once Gentoo is installled you can just boot into your current linux installayiom snd just edit your lilo.conf file and then add the new Gentoo kernel. Gentoo boots up fine with LILO, although grub may be alittle bit nicer looking than lilo.

Good luck.
Old 05-01-2002, 10:12 AM   #3
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One caveat, though. Your gentoo kernel image (normally /vmlinuz) needs to be copied to the same partition as the debian one.

If you boot into Debian, mount the gentoo partition, copy the file to something like /boot/gentookernel, then edit and run your lilo, you should be OK.


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