Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 5951
6.1 upgrade overwrote MBR without asking
Last modified: 2015-01-07 18:38:47 EST
I had a 6.0 install on my system. I was using System
Commander (a commercial product) to handle loading the
multiple OS's I run (Linux, 98, NT).
I recently tried upgrading to 6.1. First time thru the
install, I figured I'd try doing an "upgrade" (I normally
do complete re-installs). I followed the graphical
installer instructions, and 6.1 was installed/upgraded.
When the system rebooted I found that LILO was setup on
my MBR, not on my Linux Partition (as I had been using).
Not exactly what I was expecting. During an upgrade, why
setup LILO on a partition where it does _not_ exist? I can
see on a new install (and the installer explicitly asks in
that case), but during an upgrade, presumably one does not
change the location of the existing boot loader. The
installer should _not_ _assume_ the location of the boot
loader. It should make a best effort to determine where to
install, and then ask if that is what I want.
Anyway, some more data points...
LILO had a 'dos' entry available, so I tried it out. That
got me into Win98 (not System Commander, and
co-incidentally the OS I booted before my upgrade attempt).
Curious thing though, when I rebooted after that System
Commander came up (and has since). I presume System
Commander "reinstalled" itself in the MBR somehow.
BTW, I things are really great otherwise, it even detected
my SB!Live card. Although I don't think it works under SMP
kernels yet, perhaps I try just to see, I'd be pleasantly
surprised if it did work.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 5576 ***
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 5798 ***