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Re: Partition for Grub2

From: Jordan Uggla
Subject: Re: Partition for Grub2
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2012 15:12:31 -0800

On Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 1:08 AM, Bodewig <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I want to do the following:
> establish a partition for grub2 separate from the various os's in use.
> Perhaps this has been answered and then my apologies and please a link.
> Q: Does Grub2 contain the MBR?
> Q: Can that first partition with Grub2 start at 0 or do I need to leave
> room for MBR?
> Q: Can I just unpack and make in that partition?

The first three questions should be answered by and
but  if you still have questions feel free to ask for clarification.

> Q: Would 1GB be enough or should I use 4?

Grub's images (in /boot/grub/) take up less than 10 MiB, so if nothing
more than that will be in the partition then 1 GiB is much more than

> Q: Is there a GUI for Grub2 that I could install in that 1st partition -
> something like easybcd?

There are no official GUI configuration tools for grub. There are some
unofficial tools made by third parties which I haven't looked into
much myself, but I would personally recommend sticking with grub's
tools (text configuration files and terminal based utilities).

> Much appreciated
> _______________________________________________
> Help-grub mailing list
> address@hidden

As a general note, try to make a clear distinction between grub as a
bootloader ( The boot sector, embedded area, and the images and
grub.cfg in /boot/grub/ ) and the userland grub tools used to
configure and install grub ( grub-install, grub-mkconfig, etc ) which
need to be installed and run from a full OS of some sort.

Jordan Uggla

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