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Old 11-06-2003, 10:13 AM   #1
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do I need a boot loader?


When I installed my second linux OS, slackware. I chose not to install a bootloader. I just added to my grub.conf that was booting redhat and windows. Someone was telling me this will not work, but it obviously is working. They said I needed a boot loader on my root partition of slack. Is their any reason to have a bootloader on my root partition in addition to having grub installed on my mbr.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 10:23 AM   #2
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If it works already, why are you asking?
 
Old 11-06-2003, 10:27 AM   #3
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I thought maybe their was a reason or advantage to doing it his way.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 10:35 AM   #4
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Maybe he asked because he was curious...

No, as you might have noticed you don't need a second boot loader. But you _could_ install a boot loader (grub, lilo etc) on another partition (say hda4). Then you'd add these lines to your /etc/lilo.conf (sorry, don't know the grub syntax):

other=/dev/hda4
label=myloader

and run /sbin/lilo, of course.

Then your MBR lilo would load the boot loader on hda4. This means that you would see two stages of boot loaders if you choose to boot "myloader" in the first step. This is of course not very useful in your case, since your MBR grub knows how to boot a linux kernel in hda4. BUT, if you should have some exotic OS with it's own boot loader installed on hda4, then this kind of setup would be very useful.

Did that answer your question?
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Old 11-06-2003, 10:45 AM   #5
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yes, thank you
 
  


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