Re: Are lilo and grub compatible?
* email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> [061207 14:13]:
> I have an emergency boot disk -- a floppy on which lilo wrote an MBR.
> It works fine. I use it to dual-boot a functional sarge and a severely
> broken etch (well, actually the etch doesn't boot).
> The etch installer's lilo won't run.
This is curious, because the Etch installer installs GRUB, not LILO.
LILO is deprecated, if not obsolete. Even the Sarge installer
installed GRUB by default.
> I could try running the installer again and telling it to try grub,
> but I'm afraid that that might change something that the
> sarge-installed lilo uses when I boot from floppy.
I don't think that is a possibility, but even if it were, there should
be no problem, because GRUB is very comprehensive and should find all
the operating systems on your machine and automatically configure
itself for booting all of them.
> If the etch installer's grub fails like its lilo, I'm kind of afraid
> that I will have no way of booting at all.
I advise you to trust GRUB and forget LILO.