I take the liberty of welcoming myself to this mailing list that I joined a day or two ago and have taken the step to try out running Debian x64 on a Sparc based V240 Sun Server. The situation is the following:
I had Solaris 8 Installed on this machine on Disk1. I then decided to try installing Debian x64 on the 2nd Disk following instructions I found in the FAQ or the Debian Comprehensive manual on the Debian Website. I was also able to successfully boot into Debian. This happened about 3 weeks ago and I actually have really bad memory so I can't tell if I tried booting Solaris and was able to boot into it as well. So far, so good!
However, I have two questions:
a) While doing a check on something, I realised that my /boot is empty. Could anyone help me understand this installation and tell me where does Silo/bootloader etc sit in this kind of a situation?
When I do a df -h I get:
/dev/mapper/DebSparcx64--01-root 256M 78M 166M 32% /
tmpfs 2.0G 0 2.0G 0% /lib/init/rw
udev 10M 1.1M 9.0M 11% /dev
tmpfs 2.0G 0 2.0G 0% /dev/shm
/dev/mapper/DebSparcx64--01-home 30G 177M 29G 1% /home
/dev/mapper/DebSparcx64--01-tmp 368M 11M 339M 3% /tmp
/dev/mapper/DebSparcx64--01-usr 4.6G 372M 4.0G 9% /usr
/dev/mapper/DebSparcx64--01-var 2.8G 189M 2.5G 8% /var
when I do a cat /etc/fstab, I see a line:
/dev/sdb1 /boot ext2 defaults 0 2
However, I know that sdb is my Solaris Disk and when I try to mount it, it just gives me the whole Solaris / contents (that system is not partitioned at all and everything is on the / partition). How can I access the /boot for Debian if I want to modify/check something there?
b) How can I make the system such that during bootup I see a menu which presents me a grub type menu so I can simply pick the OS I want to boot into?
Thank you so much in advance