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Old 03-14-2005, 06:26 PM   #1
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Make Debian and SUSE bootable from on logical partition

Hi all,

I have M$ on the primary partiiton of my HD and SUSE on a logical partition. I want to install Debian on another logical partition but the cfdisk tool tells me that I cannot make two logical partitions bootable. I tried the other way around, installing Debian first and see if SUSE's installer would put Debain in the boot list of Grub but it didn't work.

Any idea how t o get around this?
Old 03-14-2005, 08:09 PM   #2
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'Bootable partition' is a MS thing. Linux can live without it. And you can have up to 4 primary partitions if you want to.
Old 03-15-2005, 06:28 AM   #3
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Linux can live without it.
Fine. I tried editing grub using YaST (the config tool for SUSE), so I entered following lines

kernel (hd0,7) /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.27-1-386 root=/dev/hda7
initrd (hd0,7) /boot/initrd-2.4.27-1-386

knowing that hda7 is my debian partition mounted as /home/debian and my SUSE entry in grub looked like this

kernel (hd0,5) /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda5
initrd (hd0,5) /boot/initrd

YaST didn't complain about a thing but upon reboot it changed it back to the original; i.e: no Debian
What could be the problem?
Old 03-28-2005, 02:39 PM   #4
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I reinstalled Debian and got Sarge this time. Its grub detected the SUSE patition


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