[Mageia-dev] Will the 'official' Mageia-3 installer have a 'GRUB Legacy' option?

blind Pete 0123peter at gmail.com
Tue Dec 4 02:19:21 CET 2012

Maurice Batey wrote:

> On Mon, 03 Dec 2012 10:51:52 +0100, Wolfgang Bornath wrote:
>> If you have another distribution
>> installed with grub-legacy it is easy to install a second distro which
>> uses grub2 (use chainloader in your existing grub-legacy).
>   Depends on where GRUB2 is installed.
> If it goes in the MBR, then how does one get to existing GRUB-Legacy
> installs?
>   (I do not know how to chainload from a GRUB2 menu to a GRUB-Legacy
>   install,
> though I can from GRUB-Legacy to GRUB2).

Getting GRUB2 to chain load something would be a good trick, I will 
have to research that.  

> My experience with GRUB2 distros such as Ubuntu 12.01 and Mint 13 is that
> although their menus do include existing GRUB-Legacy installs, they fail
> to boot them.

What I've been doing lately is to install everything with its default 
boot loader into its root partition and have a tiny partition at the 
end of the disk that contains just a lilo configuration file and map file.  

That configuration file contains stansas like;

Lilo only has to be rerun when you resize partitions or want to make 
cosmetic changes to them menu.  

> Apart from all that, I do not WANT to use GRUB2. Why is it needed?
>    As someone else said in here just now there is a vast difference
>    between the
> simplicity of adjusting a GRUB-Legacy menu.lst and the ridiculous jumping
> through hoops required to do the equivalent in GRUB2.
>   And isn't it great that e.g. hd(0,0) in GRUB-Legacy is hd(0,1) in GRUB2?
> What was the point of that unbelieveble jumble?
blind Pete
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