penta-booting hard-disk: who would administer the hard-disk office?

Tom Horsley horsley1953 at
Fri Nov 25 16:50:58 UTC 2011

On Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:38:44 +0100
Ralf Corsepius wrote:

> History tells, you can get away with such a set up for some time, but in 
> longer terms, one distro will trash the others' setup.

I tend to install a stand alone grub partition and chainload all the
other different distros, each of which has its own boot loader
installed in the partition, not the MBR. That way they are all
independent and none of them clobber anything the other depends on.

I even made a system at work once that had some fantastic number
of different distros on it for testing, and I had them all sharing the
same /boot partition by using "dd" to copy backups of the appropriate
/boot in and out.

It was klunky, but it worked, and I didn't have to worry about
where to get enough /boot partition space for each distro :-).

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