Re: GRUB vs LILO
Isaac To said:
>>>>>> "Patrick" == Patrick Kirk <email@example.com> writes:
>[...]> Hm... not quite. With Grub, you just type "e", find the line says
> /boot/vmlinuz... ro, append the "single" or "1" word to it, type enter,
> and then 'b' to boot the system. A little bit more keystrokes than
> LILO, but no more difficult. So all "boot prompt advice" still works.
Let me precede my comment by saying I was having a bad hair day and the
problem turned out to be that a change in motherboard caused a hdparm
setting for DMA to lock the system as it loaded the S20scripts. Panic is
too string a word but I was very very conscious that this would not look
good if users came in to find the websites down and me swearing at the
Already, the install CD drive refused to boot. It has a lovely feature
that if you let it get to the point of configuring the keyboard, hit
Alt+F2, you have a working terminal. Its not bash but it gives you all
you need to rescue the system.
Once I discovered this, I stopped worrying about emergency boot disks.
The CD is all you need, unless for some reason you fail to get the CD to
The system in question is the gateway as well as web server. I had no
Internet access nor access to /usr/doc/grub unless I got it to boot.
I did try emergency and single, etc. Sadly the system kept trying to load
its S20 scripts and the sod that was causing the problem was S20hdparm.
I have no doubt my problems with grub were down to user error. But my
point remains - lilo is easier to recover from.
Actually, for all I know the single user mode in lilo also loads S20s.
Perhaps I've been a littel unfair to grub.