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Re: lilo removal in squeeze (or, "please test grub2")

Stephen Powell <zlinuxman@wowway.com> writes:

> Both grub-legacy and grub-pc use sectors on the hard disk outside of
> the master boot record [...] This breaks the design of the backup
> software that my employer uses.  This backup software backs up the
> master boot record and all partitions; but since the extra sectors
> used by grub-legacy and grub-pc are outside the master boot record and
> are not part of any partition, they don't get backed up.
> Consequently, if we have a hard drive failure and restore from a
> backup, we have an unbootable machine.  Lilo uses only the master boot
> record.  A lilo-booted machine can be backed up and restored with our
> existing backup software just fine.

You may want to try extlinux, it works much like LILO in this respect.
It lacks a convenient configuration system, but that of grub-legacy
would be easy to adapt, and I actually plan to work on this.

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