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

Stephen Powell <zlinuxman@wowway.com> writes:

> Ferenc Wagner wrote:
>> Stephen Powell <zlinuxman@wowway.com> writes:
>>> Both grub-legacy and grub-pc use sectors on the hard disk outside of
>>> the master boot record and outside of a partition ...
>> You may want to try extlinux, it works much like LILO in this respect.
> It does not use the master boot record.  It relies on a master boot
> record program to chain load it from the partition boot sector.  (I
> use the mbr package for that.)

The extlinux package itself also contains an mbr.bin, which you can use
(it's strong point is probably EBIOS support).

> Speaking of documentation, that seems to be its main weakness.
> Documentation is sketchy and spread out over a number of different files.

/usr/share/doc/extlinux.txt.gz references syslinux.txt, which is fairly
comprehensive according to my standards, at least as far as the core is
concerned.  What did you miss?  Some modules may be less well documented.

> It installs hook scripts that I don't want (and that have bugs).

I hope we can fix them soon (they are Debian specific additions).

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