Debian lilo won't boot Redhat
I got a system with Red Hat 9 preinstalled, booting with lilo. After
making some space, I installed Debian (testing) on it. I thought it
would be good to preserve the ability to boot into RH, so I mounted its
partitions under /red in linux, and modified its lilo.conf to use these
new paths. (That is, I created /etc/lilo.conf under Debian based on the
lilo conf from RH).
Surprisingly, I find I'm unable to start RH doing this. I get
Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init= option to the kernel
(it is already getting that option).
On the other hand, if I chroot to /red and run lilo -b /dev/fd0, I get
something I can boot off.
The most obvious difference between the two is that they use a different
install= option (must be the same for all files in lilo.conf). Of
course, lilo and the supporting programs are different too. I have not
touched the initrd images RH generated.
This behavior surprises me; does anyone have any ideas why it's not
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