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Old 09-13-2004, 12:55 AM   #1
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configuring LILO for multiple distros


I recently found out that I could infact multiple distros on my HDD and hence I have installed knoppix as it is debian based.

I already have Slack 9.1 installed on Reiserfs.

After installing I modified the orignal LILO installed with slack91

but on rebooting it did not affect the installation

The LILO screen showed as usual

Do i have to install LILO from the new distro which I install.

What are the changes to be made and the process followed afterwards

I know this may have been asked many times but I was confused about the same.

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Old 09-13-2004, 01:06 AM   #2
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Any changes you make to lilo.conf must be followed by running "lilo -v" as root (su to root) to install those changes.
Old 09-13-2004, 01:39 AM   #3
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What i meant was

Suoppose I decide to install debian on a 4 gbpartition

After the install process debian will ask to install LILO should I select yes

My first distro installed is Slack 9.1

What boot parameters should be given in LILO to boot into Debian or any new distro.

The LILO parameters for slack take the vmlinuz file from the boot directory.

Do i have to copy the same file from the debian boot directory to the slack boot directory

Old 09-13-2004, 04:32 AM   #4
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One way of doing it is to temporarily mount the partiton which contains Debian's kernel into a mount point in Slackware - then add an entry for Debian to Slackware's /etc/lilo.conf file - make sure you take into account the mounted nature of Debain's kernel in the entry - then save Slack's lilo.conf then run /sbin/lilo.

For the general idea, have a look at my post in this thread:


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