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Old 02-17-2013, 02:46 AM   #1
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Grub as a stand alone


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I would like to install grub2 as a standalone not connected to any OS.
Can I put it in an extended partition
It will have to boot multi distros with chainloading, I know this is setup in /etc/grub.d/40_custom so how would this work.
Finaly how would I update-grub when a distro updates or would that have to be done by hand?
Think I have covered everything
 
Old 02-17-2013, 03:19 AM   #2
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Unfortunately, you can't do that. For some strange reason I never could understand, Grub2 is an integrated part of the OS.
If you install Grub2 in one partition and then remove the distro, you have no control over your Grub2-installation.
This is why I'm still using old grub, I want one place to boot from. What I've done is install grub-legacy in one small partition, and use that for booting.
 
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For some strange reason I never could understand, Grub2 is an integrated part of the OS.
Probably because it was written by (predominantly) Debian/Ubuntu people that obviously have no concept of users doing what they want.
Placing files under /etc destroys plans like this.

I keep one installation (distro) per physical system so I have control of the boot environment whatever I do with the other distros. Can still be a challenge, but is manageable in my situation.

Edit: yes you can install to a logical partition (not the extended).

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Old 02-17-2013, 05:25 AM   #4
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Hi syg00

That is how it is at the moment, I did mean logical I realised that after I posted.
Not sure I,m going to keep ubuntu tho.
 
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Shouldn't matter. Any newer system can be the "control" system - simply allow it to install into the MBR.
The problem(s) come when other systems automatically over-write the MBR without you knowing - usually when they upgrade grub in their own environment. Generally pretty easy to fix.
 
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The other OS are bsd,centos windows they dont use grub2 which I,m familer with and like the only reason I put ubuntu on was grub2 and I have used before.
 
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As I said, no big deal if you replace Ubuntu with something else that uses grub2. These days they should all run os-prober - don't know if it'll find a BSD as I don't use it, but shouldn't be hard to fix - maybe keep your own .cfg on a USB key.
 
  


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