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Old 03-06-2004, 09:34 AM   #1
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Dual/Triple Boot, all linux

Probably a silly question, but here goes. Using lilo, what's the syntax for booting more than one flavor?

3 Partitions, one with RH, one with Debian, one with Mandrake.




How do I point LILO at the right boot partition? Is /boot/ something that's global, or is /boot on my Redhat partition going to be a different /boot on my Debian install?

Like this? image=/dev/hda2/boot/bzImage

Thanks as always.
Old 03-06-2004, 10:15 AM   #2
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your partitioning scheme is going to determine the answers to your questions.

The best i can tell you is that the "boot=" global lilo.conf parameter is where *lilo* is going to be installed (typically the MBR).

In order for lilo to install, it must be able to "see" all of the image files. If this is run from "Linux" (the first one there) then you will need to mount /dev/hda3 somewhere (lets say for example /mnt/debian). Then the "Debian" image is /mnt/debian/boot/kernelname. You *must* mount the debian partition before you can run lilo. Repeat this for "Mandrake" (are you sure thats also /dev/hda3? wouldn't whichever one you installed last have erased the other?)

In cases like this, its probably better to use Grub than lilo, since Grub finds kernels when it boots, rather than you having to have all the kernels when you install it.

Alternatively, you could repartition, and make a "/boot" partition that would then be shared by all three distributions. Make sure its about 60-100MB in size, and make VERY sure to rename each kernel image after installing! (such as bzImage -> bzImage.Debian). Also be sure not to let the other distributions reformat it.

Final choice would be to pick your "favorite" kernel, and use the same kernel for all three distributions.


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