grub bis (grub-pc and grub 2)

Tom H tomh0665 at
Fri Nov 19 06:53:43 UTC 2010

On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 12:51 AM, Thierry de Coulon <tcoulon at> wrote:
> My main machine (desktop) had several Linux installs. Ubuntu installed grub 2.
> I could then apt-get remove it, apt-get-install grub, etc...
> My laptop only has one Ubuntu installed. When I wanted to remove grub 2, it
> said there was no grub 2 installed. I found out "grub-pc" was installed. if I
> try to remove it, it automatically wants to install grub legacy... but there
> is no stage 1... so I tried to ramove grub-legacy to reinstall it... and then
> the system want's to reinstall grub-pc.
> On one side it seems grub 2 and grub-pc are the same thing, but synaptics and
> apt-get clearly see them as two different packages that behave differently.
> Which brings again the question if users, at least in an alternate install,
> should not be able to choose at install time which bootloader they want.

grub2's a dummy package; installing grub2 installs grub-pc;
uninstalling grub2 uninstalls grub2. grub-pc is the "real" grub2

grub/grub1/grub-legacy's no longer being developed upstream so it's
available for legacy purposes but cannot be offered as an option.

I'm not sure whether it's possible to choose lilo install time. Maybe.
lilo was going to be deep-sixed by Debian until was saved by an
insurrection on d-u and a developer who volunteered be its maintainer.

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