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Re: debian & fedora together



On Sunday 26 December 2004 16:47, cfk wrote:
>On Sunday 26 December 2004 13:09, John Cox wrote:
>> On Sun, 26 Dec 2004 12:38:53 -0800, cfk <cfk pacbell net> wrote:
>> > Gentlemen:
>> >
>> >         Things are getting a little trickier today. So far, on
>> > one test computer, I have debian on hda1 and fedora3 on hda3.
>> > Each one demands that it write grub to the MBR.
>> >
>> >         If I allow debian to write the MBR, then Fedora doesnt
>> > boot. Similarly if I let Fedora write to the MBR, then Debian
>> > doesnt boot.
>> >
>> >         After going back and forth for a while, I have Debian to
>> > where it will boot and Fedora to where it will almost boot.
>> >
>> >         Fedora displays an unusual message right after md: ...
>> > autorun DONE.
>> >
>> > EXT2-fs warning (device hda3): ext2_fill_super: mounting ext3
>> > filesystem as ext2
>> > VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly
>> > Freeing unused kernel memory: 144k freed
>> > Warning: unable to open an initial console
>> > SELinux: Disabled at runtime.
>> > SELinux: Unregistering netfilter hooks
>> >
>> > And the Fedora boot hangs forever at this point.
>> >
>> > Would anyone be willing to suggest a next step or two?
>> >
>> > Charles
>>
>> If you start up using the MBR installed by FC does FC startup OK?
>> John
>
>Dear John:
>
> Either one starts fine with its own grub demands. It is curious
> that there is no grub.conf with the debian distribution in
> /boot/grub. A 'find -name grub*' or 'find -name grub.conf' finds
> nothing with Debian.
>
> I do have the grub incantations for each and am booting debian
> right now. When I get to the grub prompt and enter the FC
> incantations, grub compains with an 'Error 27: Unrecognized
> command' for FC's stuff.
>
> Here are the incantations for each. The first one works with
> Debian's grub, the second one works with FC's grub and neither
> works with the other's grub.
>
>Debian:
>
>root (hd0,0)
>kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.27-1-386 root=/dev/hda1 ro
>initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.4.27-1-386
>savedefault
>boot
>
>Fedora Core3:
>
>root (hd0,2)
>kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.9-1.667 ro root=LABEL=/1 rhgb quiet
>initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.9-1.667.img
>
>I tried changing the root=LABEL=/1 statement to root=/dev/hda3 to no
> avail. I am unfamiliar with the '=/1' after LABEL, although I
> believe LABEL refers to grub.conf on the Fedora partition.
>
>The rhgb and quiet stuff leaves me a little puzzled, but I suspect
> that will be revealed in the fullness of time as I suspect they
> have to do with the X stuff and not the disk stuff.
>
>With Respect, Charles Krinke

The first gotcha is that debian/morphix et all don't use a grub.conf 
as you found out, but they use a 'menu.lst' in the same manner.  I'm 
using the exact same syntax in both files on a dual boot machine.

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