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Re: Please Fix Grub Soonest! It's Killing My PCs. No Joke!

From: Vladimir 'φ-coder/phcoder' Serbinenko
Subject: Re: Please Fix Grub Soonest! It's Killing My PCs. No Joke!
Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 11:39:52 +0200
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On 07/17/2010 07:03 AM, Felix Miata wrote:
> On 2010/07/16 15:04 (GMT-0400) address@hidden composed:
> [a lot about bootloader incompatibility]
> Note that Grub 2 has still not reached v2 yet, still betaware @v1.9whatever.
> Some Linux distros are aware of this and do not use Grub "2" as default, if
> they offer Grub 2 at all.
> http://fm.no-ip.com/PC/install-doz-after.html shows how you can use Windows
> as the primary bootloader once you have reinstalled standard MBR code. Just
> about any old WinDOS or recent PC DOS or FreeDOS system floppy containing
> FDISK can do that (FDISK /MBR). Multiboot with Windows is easy enough, and
> typically more reliable, when using standard MBR code.
> Once you have Windows back in business, you can boot Knoppix DVD or CD and
> manually install Grub 1, preferably to a primary partition formatted ext2 or
> ext3. That can either chainload Linux / partitions with valid bootloaders
> installed, or load kernels and initrds from them directly, as long as they
> are not formatted with newer filesystem features that Grub 1 does not
> understand. The Grub 1 from Knoppix can actually be installed to any and
> every Linux / partition you please, limited only by the just mentioned
> filesystem features. Since I never put Grub on MBR, only format partitions
> ext2 or ext3, and only with 128 inode sizes, with no disks bigger than 2T, I
> never have boot loader problems that aren't quick and easy to solve from
> mature, existing & easy-to-find documentation.
This mailing isn't for GRUB Legacy support. And in this particular case
recommending switching bootloader is useless since the problem is an
operator error. There is nothing to "fix" in GRUB. The operator mistake
was in:

grub-install --recheck /media/a1
It musst be:
grub-install --recheck --root-directory=/media/a1 /dev/sdb
And next time read one-page help before writing three-page scream.

Vladimir 'φ-coder/phcoder' Serbinenko

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