Advice on Partitions for Multiboot

Thiers Botelho thiersb at
Sun Jun 4 05:29:14 UTC 2006

On 6/4/06, Felix Miata <mrmazda at> wrote:
> I have 17 functional puters. Most have multiboot with at least 1 DOS
> and/or windoze, 1 or more OS/2, and up to 6 Linux.
> I always put a small ext2 on xda3 and/or xda5 for /boot for whichever
> Linux / I install on xda7 (xda6 is swap). Additional Linux each get grub
> installed to their respective / partitions. I never put grub on the MBR.
> When I want to use Grub as the boot manager, I make the xda3 /boot
> partition the active partition, which allows any standard MBR code to be
> able to start Grub. If some doze action messes with the active
> partition, any number of WinDOS tools can easily reset the active
> partition back to xda3.
> The /boot partition can easily chainload any other partition just by
> adding another entry to /boot/grub/menu.lst. There's no need to foul
> /boot with additional kernels or foreign distro installer mistakes.
> Most of the time when I want to add a distro to a system that already
> has at least one, I capture its installation kernel and initrd from the
> source ftp or iso and copy it to /boot, add an installation entry to
> /boot/grub/menu.lst, and start the install from there, usually an FTP
> install.
> URL below has more.
> --
> Felix Miata  ***

Very nice work. Thnx a lot ! (I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the info
gathered today on this subject . . .)


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