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Re: extipl, mbr--why? (was: GRUB)

On Thu, Sep 16, 1999 at 02:07:33AM +0900, Taketoshi Sano wrote:
> In article <[🔎] 87d7vk7c2n.fsf@sheikh.hands.com>
>  phil@hands.com (Philip Hands) writes:
> > Andrew Pimlott <andrew@pimlott.ne.mediaone.net> writes:
> (snip)
> > > May I ask what the point of these enhanced mbr's is, since all of these
> > > features are available from the boot loader (eg LILO)?
> Maybe you are so clever that you can easily understand how to fiddle
> that lilo.conf, but there are many people who can not find proper settings
> of lilo for their needs.

Right, they should be automatically added by a config tool.

> And LILO require the files (at least the 2nd loader and map file) on
> different place than the MBR (Master Boot Record). you can boot from
> alternate partitions by your setup, but if you remove the partition
> which includes the required files (2nd loader and kernel map) and 
> overwrite on them, the rest partition would not work for you.
> By putting the current "mbr" or alternate "extipl" on MBR, you can
> select partitions by solely using the code in MBR (just 446bytes).
> And you can set lilo in each partitions boot sector, this is more
> easy configuration than having multiple partition setup in single
> lilo.conf for many beginners.

These are good reasons, thanks.

> > > What was the rationale for adding mbr to the default configuration?
> > To stop the annoying FAQ:

Of course--I didn't mean to put LILO on the mbr.  That's practically begging
Redmond for trouble!


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