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Old 10-31-2004, 12:55 PM   #1
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Distribution: Debian Sarge, Etch. FC1,2,3,4,5. Slackware 10.0. Gentoo. Kubuntu.
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Slackware 10.0 config in Grub on Webmin

Hi Folks. Got Slackware 10.0 0n a drive with FC2 and Gentoo 2004.2. Dont ask about Gentoo thats another story. Grub is booting FC2 on hda2. Gentoo is on hda8 and I've just got Grub to boot that up ok. Only in text mode, but its Slackware I've been booting from the custom Slackware floppy disc which for some reason defaults to booting hda2, but gives you the option of booting other HD partitions. Like entering mount root=/dev/hdx. I've tried to set up grub to boot Slackware which is on hda1. Tried about 9 different configs but nothing,allsorts of errors. Cant find file , wrong path, you name it Grubs given it. I'm configuring Grub with Webmin ( which is a great tool) If anyones configured Grub with Webmin for Slack 10, It would be nice to hear from ya. Mekon.

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Slackware 10.0; Gentoo 2004.2 in text mode; Win XP for my music softwsre ( synths and sequencers) Win ME with Java (JDK).

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Old 11-01-2004, 02:13 AM   #2
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This is probably not 100% what you need but as a first solution it can help I believe:

make lilo your boot loader and add this to the lilo.conf (modify the names)

other = /dev/hda1
table = /dev/hda
label = grub

this way you'll be able to start grub from lilo, the other way around is probably not
very hard.

The boot floppy I think you can modify with rdev (man rdev) which I never used
but I know it exists. Try it on a copy to be on the safe side.


Old 11-01-2004, 03:29 AM   #3
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I cannot help you with webmin, as I never used it, but if you find your GRUB configuration file (probably /boot/grub/menu.lst) simply add the following three lines to it and Slackware should boot without problem:

title Slackware
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda1

If this does not work, please post the errors you get

Old 11-01-2004, 08:17 AM   #4
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Distribution: Debian Sarge, Etch. FC1,2,3,4,5. Slackware 10.0. Gentoo. Kubuntu.
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Hi cccc828, and Tlowk. Tried the Grub conf but it did'nt want to know, and brought up an error. "Error 15: file not found". Then looked at your suggestion Tlowk, but was a bit worried that I might lose access to the Grub bootloader for FC2 if it all went wrong, and theres no boot floppy to get into FC2. The 2.6 kernel is too big for a floppy. So I've changed the place LiLo is installed from MBR to hda1 where slackware is. Then gone back to FC2 to sort out Grub to boot to the Lilo. I did it in Webmin caus you more or less just select options.

Option title: Slackware
Boot image partition: IDE device A partition 1 (Linux)
Operating sustem to boot:
Other OS: from first sector of partition
And Grub with Slackware on the menu went to the LiLo with no problems.
Thanks to both of you for your help. 1 didnt work, the other I was afraid to try, but it pushed me to have a real go at getting it sorted.

Regarding Webmin, I'd encourage you to try it. Its available as a .tar.gz, and a noarch rpm. theres an E-book by Joe Cooper on using it on the same site (pdf). Thanks again for the help and encouragement. Farpoint.


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