[ubuntu-uk] Some advice about /boot

Grant Sewell dcglug at thymox.co.uk
Thu Mar 10 10:02:15 UTC 2011

On Thu, 10 Mar 2011 09:51:04 +0000
Matthew Daubney wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm looking at quad booting my laptop (Win 7, Ubuntu (dev),
> debian(stable) and LFS) and wondered if it was possible to use a
> shared /boot partition across the 3 linux distros. The main reason for
> doing so would be so that everything is more tidy, but also to reduce
> wasted space!
> Any advice would be much appreciated.
> -Matt Daubney

I used to have a multi-boot computer.  I found that although I *could*
use the same /boot for all the Linux systems, it sometimes lead to
problems.  So long as your bootloader is configured to look for the
appropriate kernel and initrd files for each system, using a
common /boot does work.

I found a much easier solution was to have a 2-stage boot menu.

I had GRUB installed into the MBR.  The GRUB menu pointed to each of the
operating systems, and each of the operating systems had their own
GRUB/LILO installed into the boot sector of their / partition.


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