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Re: Are lilo and grub compatible?

José Alburquerque wrote:
hendrik@topoi.pooq.com 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 from floppy. 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.

-- hendrik

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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