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Re: grubby: unable to open /boot/boot.b: No such file or directory

On Fri, 2008-06-27 at 01:23 +0200, Thomas Rabaix wrote:
> ok, this is my partition table : sda1 and sda2 are ext3
> /dev/sda1             9,9G  3,3G  6,1G  36% /
> /dev/sda2             449G  709M  425G   1% /var
wow - all that space in /var - this a db server? You're barely using any
of the disk space allocated to /var
> # e2label /dev/sda1
> /
> # e2label /dev/sda2
> /var
> Yes the file is located into /boot/grub/grub.conf. but there is not
> specific partition for grub, can it be an issue, does grub know how to
> read a etx3 partition ?.
> # cat /boot/grub/grub.conf
> default=0
> timeout=50
> title
>        root (hd0,0)
>        kernel (hd0,0)/boot/vmlinuz- ro root=/dev/sda1
>        initrd (hd0,0)/boot/initrd-
> let's try to understand the last 3 lines
>   - root : " Set the current root device to the device device", so the
> root here is sda1 so h0,0 in grub syntax
>   - kernel : "define the kernel to load", so we load the kernel from
> disk h0,0 with read only attribute (not sure about the need of this,
> does the system switch to rw after loading?) and we define the root to
> the kernel as /dev/sda1 (look redundant as it is the same as the grub
> one)
>  - initrd : "Load an initial ramdisk for a Linux format boot image and
> set the appropriate parameters in the Linux setup area in memory." not
> sure to get all the bytes, but I get that this file is use to load
> specific module from the distribution
> my only current doubt, is that the / and /boot are on the same
> partition. So grub cannot access to /vmlinuz.... that's it why I add
> (hd0,0)/boot/ to make sure grub can find the kernel. Am I wrong ?
> So in your opinion does the grub configuration look fine ?
Probably going to need someone else to verify because I am uncertain.

Following this information

read through this page...it's part of the installation notes for F8

you need to use labels in grub.conf - which is what I have been trying
to tell you.

thus I would think that this...

       root (hd0,0)
       kernel (hd0,0)/boot/vmlinuz- ro root=/dev/sda1
       initrd (hd0,0)/boot/initrd-

should look like this...

       root (hd0,0)
       kernel /boot/vmlinuz- ro root=LABEL=/
       initrd /boot/initrd-

that's what I was trying to tell you.

What I can't tell you for certain if it will work without labels as you have it presently configured...I simply don't know.
> to g :
> # lilo -v -t
> LILO version 22.7.3 (test mode), Copyright (C) 1992-1998 Werner Almesberger
> Development beyond version 21 Copyright (C) 1999-2006 John Coffman
> Released 11-Aug-2006 and compiled at 20:26:28 on Aug 11 2006.
> Reading boot sector from /dev/sda
> Using MENU secondary loader
> Calling map_insert_data
> Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz-
> Mapping RAM disk /boot/initrd-
> Added *
> Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz-
> Mapping RAM disk /boot/initrd-
> Added
> Boot image: /boot/bzImage-
> Added linux
> The boot sector and the map file have *NOT* been altered.
isn't that because you are running '-t' (test) instead of just


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