Re: Are lilo and grub compatible?
José Alburquerque wrote:
I have an emergency boot disk -- a floppy on which lilo wrote an MBR.
It works fine. I use it to dual-boot a functinoal sarge and a
severely broken etch (well, actually the etch doesn't boot).
The etch installer's lilo won't run. 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
If the etch installer's grub fails like its lilo, I'm kind of afrais
that I will have no way of booting at all.
As far as I know, lilo and grub are mutually exclusive because both are
Nope. GRUB may be installed in any Boot Record, not just the Master
Boot Record. For example, on my machine, I do not have GRUB on my
MBR. I use Microsoft's MBR, and use the Windows XP Boot Manager to
load GRUB from a file on my XP file system. I did that by installing
it to a BR (not the MBR) on my disc, and ripping it to a file.
As far as I know, no matter which boot-loader is installed on your
master boot record, a bootdisk overrides the boot-loader. In fact, even
What matters is which boot loader gets loaded by the bootstrap
in the firmware BIOS. One may have any number of boot loaders
on disc. Only the one loaded into memory by the BIOS is the
one executed. This does not have to come from a "bootdisk", whatever
that may be.
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