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Old 07-04-2005, 03:07 AM   #1
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sharing /boot


I'm thinking about installing another linux ditribution on my computer and dualbooting between them. Just wondering is it possible to share the /boot partition between both distros? What I mean by this is have kernels and initrd's from both distros in there.

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Old 07-04-2005, 03:47 AM   #2
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well, i dont see why it shouldnt work. however, your new linux distro might format the /boot partition and put its own data on it. as long as you make sure it doesnt format the partition, then there should be no problem.
 
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Re: sharing /boot

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I'm thinking about installing another linux ditribution on my computer and dualbooting between them. Just wondering is it possible to share the /boot partition between both distros? What I mean by this is have kernels and initrd's from both distros in there.

Paddy
Always bear in mind that with each kernel come its
modules which live in /lib/modules ...


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Old 07-04-2005, 04:43 AM   #4
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Works great - makes life a lot easier if you use Grub as a bootloader, too.
 
Old 07-04-2005, 04:43 AM   #5
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Thanks, I'll just have to backup my /boot then and after the installation copy the files back in. I don't think I will have a problem with /lib/modules because I'll be installing the new distro onto a different partition so they will be seperate.

Can you go one step further and use the same kernel for both distros? It's a standard kernel from kernel.org that has a few patches/mods for wireless card etc... and the distros are FC3 and FC4, I want to make the change over slowly coz it will take me a few weeks to get all my software up and running in FC4.

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Old 07-04-2005, 08:18 PM   #6
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i dont think so. each kernel has its own path to its modules, and like someone said above,the modules are on /lib, which i assume is not on its own partition
 
Old 07-05-2005, 03:09 AM   #7
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So would I be correct in saying that the location of the modules is hard coded into the kernel when it is compiled?

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