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Re: /boot partitions?



On Fri, 2002-08-02 at 17:57, Wil Cooley wrote:
> On Fri, 2002-08-02 at 13:21, Martin Frost wrote:
> > So does every machine *need* a separate /boot partition??  Is the
> > problem that the booting kernel has to sit in the first 2 GB of disk
> > space?
> 
> Not really anymore.  GRUB "knows" about filesystems and can read
> directly from a filesystem, unlike LILO, which had to access the
> kernel's disk blocks by byte offset (which is where the 2G limit came
> from).

It still uses BIOS calls to read the kernel from the disk, so your BIOS
still has to support LBA32 to have the kernel above the 1024th
cylinder.  That said, this doesn't tend to be a problem on hardware made
in the past few years.

I still always make a /boot, though...  mainly due to habit 

Cheers,

Jeremy





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