dual booting kubuntu and Opensuse
g.lip at gmx.com
Thu May 21 17:44:44 BST 2009
Willy K. Hamra wrote:
> already done these, after getting few boot errors, i realized suse's grub
> doesn't like my savedefault, so i booted kubuntu manually, and restored our
> grub on the device, and i always have a copy of my menu.lst backed up with a
> million different name ;)
Willy, is your Kubuntu grub on ext4? I am not sure what kernel your Suse
uses, the older kernels will not be able to access ext4 and so cannot
update the 'savedefault'.
> eventually, i edited SUSE's fstab, and removed the boot partition from there,
> and let it use the boot directory in its root partition. i kept ubuntu's
> menu.lst and grub, copied the entries from suse's menu.lst over to ubuntu's
> file, edited them of course to reflect correct disk usage.
> so now, any editing suse does to its /boot directory is quite useless, as grub
> is reading from ubuntu's sepearate /boot partition.
> i also noticed how suse always keeps a link called vmlinuz pointing to the
> newest kernel, so i edited menu.lst to actually point at that link, so any
> future kernels will always be booted without any problems. same goes for
> initrd. all in all, i'm quite satisfied with the setup. the only disadvantage
> is that suse can't properly cooperate with ubuntu so they can both edit the
> menu.lst fairly, so suse's access to its own menu.lst is useless, and so is
> KDE's access to it, but oh well, that's not really needed.
> thanks for your help Goh :)
FYI, I set up a partition called Booto on ext2 with 150 MB. In it I set
up boot/grub and also use kernel of at least 22.214.171.124 so it can read
ext4. I append below my complete simple /boot/grub/menu.lst
color white/blue yellow/blue
This /boot/grub/menu.lst need not be changed at all unless I want to
resequence or change its title and is done through any Linux distro.
This grub is set to (hd0).
As per my previous message, I will install any Linux to any of the
partition and let the grub install into its own OS partition. If I
forget at installation and the grub sets up to (hd0), which it will do
by default, I can easily reset back this "master" or "first grub" back
at any grub menu itself when it starts up ( root...then setup). Another
small point to add is that the OS' grub is set to hidden and timeout to
Hope this information is useful.
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