Question for Upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10, from Ubuntu 9.04

Avi Greenbury avismailinglistaccount at
Fri Jan 8 17:46:01 UTC 2010

Goh Lip wrote:

> On 08/01/10 23:48, Goh Lip wrote:
> > On 08/01/10 21:37, Avi Greenbury wrote:
> >
> >> He should have no need to reinstall anything.[0]
> >
> >
> > Yes, you're right. By habit, I clean install all new final version,
> > so I got caught up with what I am doing. (not he's doing....and
> > that's bad)
> >
> > Thanks for pointing this out.
> Sent a new message so as not to detract from a new point here
> >> [0] Assuming he is looking to upgrade, not flatten and reinstall
> >> from scratch.
> If Jay wants to use the windows bootloader to boot to 9.10 grub2,
> just upgrading will result in not being able to boot up 9.10.
> It would be highly improbable that he would be able to boot up even
> he creates a new bin for the windows bootloader as the bin created
> may use the old grub-legacy and menu.lst if he just upgrade to 9.10.
> However it might be a different case if he clean install a new 9.10.
> (and even then I am not sure).
> Of course, what most of us here would just recommend that he sets his 
> grub to sda, and get rid of his windows mbr, but that is his call.

I don't know how his current setup works, but an upgrade from 9.04 to
9.10 leaves you with grub-legacy and ext3, so if his current setup has
worked with kernel upgrades before, I see no reason why it'd not
survive a dist-upgrade. 
It might be worth looking at apt-pinning to prevent the upgrade of Grub
(since it will want to  install the grub-legacy package 'over' the
current grub package) to avoid doing anything that will change the
booting arrangements.

But I really know nothing about the system, though it's intrigued me
and I'm going to see if I can play with the idea this weekend. It's
been too long since I last looked at non-standard booting, but I might
be hampered by an absence of Windows CDs.

Avi Greenbury ;)

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