Bug 84259 - Enh: append to /boot/grub/grub.conf if it exists...
Summary: Enh: append to /boot/grub/grub.conf if it exists...
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda
Version: 8.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jeremy Katz
QA Contact: Mike McLean
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Reported: 2003-02-13 19:47 UTC by Glen A. Foster
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:51 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Enhancement
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Last Closed: 2003-02-13 21:32:57 UTC

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Description Glen A. Foster 2003-02-13 19:47:12 UTC
Description of problem: After installing RHAS2.1 to one slice of /dev/sda, I 
tried installing 8.0 to /dev/sdb for a dual-boot scenario.  Anaconda was nice 
enough to warn me about not being requested to format /boot, and I proceeded.
I told anaconda to install grub on /dev/sda (where it was after the RHAS2.1 
install), and everything was pretty OK.

Except, the stanza for RHAS2.1 was lost when /boot/grub/grub.conf was created. 
My enhancement request is to *append* boot stanza if /etc/grub/grub.conf 
already exists and you tell anaconda to not format /boot... maybe easier asked 
then done, but I'll submit the enhancement request anyway.

Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2003-02-13 21:32:57 UTC
You can sort of do this if you a) mount your /boot and b) tell anaconda to not
touch your boot loader config.  Because then you'll get grubby updating your
boot loader config and get basically what you want.  Not something I'm really
looking at supporting (dual-boot is a definite outlier case)

Comment 2 Glen A. Foster 2003-02-13 22:12:39 UTC
I'd like to test your assertion/advice here by installing a more current RH 
distribution on top of what I have configured now... When you 
say "mount /boot", are you saying to switch to VC2 during an install and 
physically mount the device outside the realm of anaconda, or just 
specify /boot as a filesystem and do NOT format the partition?  I certainly 
understand the "don't touch the bootloader config" part.

And, if the former, at what point do I mount /boot, and on what specific 
directory (/boot, /mnt/sysimage/boot)?

Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2003-02-13 22:22:50 UTC
Just specify the partition should be mounted as /boot and don't format the

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