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RE: dell 4000

> if you mess up with lilo, and install it in the wrong place, you could
> corrupt the system so that the win system may be unbootable. There's
> documentation in the lilo docs about this.
> You could either use debian or redhat to boot with, but I'd think that you'd
> want to be really careful to always keep youre /etc/lilo.conf (or
> /etc/grub.conf, if you're using grub as a boot loader) in sync, and/or make
> sure you never ever run lilo/grub from one or the other place.

AFAIK, there is no such thing as /etc/grub.conf and you don't have to run 
grub each time you set up a new kernel, because grub understands ext2 

So, with grub, I suspect there won't be any problems with your setup.  You 
just select the root device (ie.  the partition where grub can find (yep 
and it _can_ find them itself :-) your kernels)

So typically, what you would do is.  Try not to fuck up the system during 
install.  If you do so, boot with your rescue disc and set your root to 
your debian root partition...

# apt-get remove --purge lilo
# apt-get install grub grub-doc

; read the doc :-)

# grub-install --root-directory=/boot /dev/hda
; the --root-dir option is only necessary if you have a separate 
; boot-partition (not in your case as I understood!)

; edit /boot/boot/grub menu.lst setting the 

root (hd0,2) for all your redhat kernels
root (hd0,whichever_your_debian_boot/root_partition_will_be) for all your 
                                                        debian kernels

If you choose /dev/hda5 for your debian boot (root), the second line 
becomes root (hd0,5) for your debian kernels...

And then reboot into redhat and uninstall lilo there.  If you compile a 
new kernel in redhat, you can still use the tab completioning command line 
interface of grub, without having to run grub as you have to run lilo 

> IIRC, you can only have 7 total partitions: 3 primary, and 4 logical (or is
> it the other way around?), so you may have to lt youre hda4 be one big
> partition for debian.

Is this so??  I thought you could have more logical ones...

Best regards,


> Name    Flags    Partition type      FS Type         [label]       Size(MB)
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
> hda2                 Primary        linux ext2      [/boot]          24.68
>                                     Unusable                         57.58
> hda1    Boot         Logical        Win95 FAT32 (LBA)              3767.71
> hda4                 Primary        Win95 FAT32 (LBA [P^]c]        2097.45
> hda5                 Logical        Linux ext2      [/usr ]        2097.45
> hda6                 Logical        Linux ext2      [/    ]        1579.26
> hda7                 Logical        Linux Swap                       74.03
>                      Logical        Free Space                      444.17
> I plan on deleting hda4 and partitioning it into /usr, /home, and root for
> Debian.  By doing this, will I create problems by trying to boot the 3
> operating systems?  I am assuming that Debian will control the boot
> process and allow me to enter red hat or windows...is this correct?  Any
> potential problems and/or suggestions are very much appreciated.   Thanks
> in advance,

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