GRUB Question

Aaron Konstam akonstam at
Wed Oct 17 21:42:21 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-10-17 at 10:11 -0500, John Pierce wrote:
> > No I still think the correct thing is to ignore the boot sector on sdb
> > and just add a normal kernel booting stanza in the grub.conf on sda that
> > refers to the kernel on sdb. I now realize you may have to have a
> > softlink from /etc/grub.conf on sdb to the grub.conf in /boot on sda.
> >
> Well, I solved the issue by having the mandriva installation place the
> boot loader in the first sector of sdb1 and chainload that sector.
> You do bring up some interesting thoughts though, with the grub.conf
> file being from two different distros how would the mandriva update
> handle the stanzas for fedora.
> A soft link might be the way to go though.
Here is the thing. You originally said that you installed the boot
loader on sdb. Which means it is not in the first sector of sdb1.
Whether you use the chainload path to the method I suggested you are
always using the boot loader on sda. You are not using the bootloader on

I think though using the chainloader path makes the updating the
mandriva kernel more transparent and cleaner. I originally said the
opposite but I had not taken kernel updates into account.

The way you are doing it you should leave the softlink
for /etc/grub.conf for mandriva pointing at its /boot/grub.conf on sdb.
System checkpoint complete.
Aaron Konstam telephone: (210) 656-0355 e-mail: akonstam at

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