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RE: GRUB booting from FAT32?

From: Treutwein Bernhard
Subject: RE: GRUB booting from FAT32?
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 12:31:16 +0100

Oops, as far as I know, long file names are not
limited to FAT32, but can also exist under FAT16.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Greg Trounson [mailto:address@hidden 
> Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2004 10:44 PM
> To: address@hidden
> Subject: GRUB booting from FAT32?
> EXT2 drivers, I decided to go with making the /boot partition FAT.

that should be possible, but you really don't have to
kill your existing (working boot partition).

> I copied all files from the /boot partition to a safe location,
> re-defined /boot as FAT32 (with fdisk and mkdosfs) and copied 
> the files back.  

> I had to copy grub.conf to menu.lst, as it used to be 
> symlinked.

sounds like a Redhat modified Grub ...

> Now when I reboot, I get an Error 17 ("cannot mount selected 
> partition").

hmm, is there the fat_stage1_5 present?

> If I redefine the partition as FAT16(again with fdisk and mkdosfs) and
> re-copy the files, I don't get Error 17, I get Error 15 ("file not
> found").  I think I know why the Error 15 occurrs, since the 
> menu.lst is
> located in /grub relative to the partition, not /boot/grub.
> This would suggest to me that GRUB can read FAT16 but not FAT32, which
> seems to go against what's stated in the GRUB manual.
> Has anyone else had any luck getting GRUB to read FAT32?

I did not have any problems with FAT (16/32) with long 
file name support.
        Bernhard Treutwein, IuK, Ref. III A 3
        Bernhard.Treutwein(at)verwaltung uni-muenchen de

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