Bug 5951 - 6.1 upgrade overwrote MBR without asking
6.1 upgrade overwrote MBR without asking
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jay Turner
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Reported: 1999-10-14 11:59 EDT by ryan_gustafson
Modified: 2015-01-07 18:38 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-10-22 12:32:09 EDT
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Description ryan_gustafson 1999-10-14 11:59:17 EDT
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.
Comment 1 Jay Turner 1999-10-21 14:24:59 EDT
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 5576 ***
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 1999-10-22 12:32:59 EDT
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 5798 ***

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