Adivce on Partitions

Gary W. Swearingen garys at
Sun Jun 4 00:02:36 UTC 2006

"Thiers Botelho" <thiersb at> writes:

> Hi Andy, thanks a lot . . . and one more question (hopefully the last
> one about this subject):
> On 6/2/06, Andy Anderson <opus at> wrote:
>> >
>> > One single /boot for both Ubuntu's ?
> [snip]
>> So to answer your question, yes, a single /boot for all OSes.  I let the
>> installer
>> for the latest Ubuntu release install it's version of Grub into the MBR,
> Since you have Windoze as well, I'd think the best place for Grub
> would be /boot and not the MBR. At least that was the prevalent
> recommendation a while ago on Fedora site and lists.

A single /boot sounds like a recipe for disaster.  And using "/boot"
as a counterpart to "MBR" is confusing (or confused).  The Grub
bootloader is installed in a boot sector (plus a few following ones),
either the MBR or the boot sector of a partition (often a partition
which has a /boot, but not necessarily).  You can have the Grub
bootloader installed in one partition (must be a primary partition,
AFAIK) and config it to boot OSes from several OSes, each with it's
own /boot.  Of course you configure the grub bootloader to read from
only one /boot/grub/* when you run "/sbin/grub".  I suppose that that
grub dir could even be cut loose from any extant OS so it doesn't get
clobbered by upgrades, etc.

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