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Re: partition layouts

From: Vernon Mauery
Subject: Re: partition layouts
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2005 21:55:38 -0700
User-agent: Debian Thunderbird 1.0 (X11/20050116)

Hollis Blanchard wrote:
> I've been thinking about how to install grub2 on an Open Firmware
> system. Here's one possibility:
>     /boot -- Linux-native filesystem (e.g. ext3)
>         holds kernels, initrd, etc
>     /boot/grub -- firmware-native filesystem (on Mac HFS+, on others
> FAT, etc)
>         holds grub executable, grub.cfg, modules
> The grub ELF file must live on a firmware-native filesystem. When run,
> it can find out what partition it was booted from, so that is a natural
> place to load grub.cfg from as well (and why not modules while we're at
> it?). Thus this is the value of the "prefix" GRUB environment variable.

Putting a restraint that says /boot/grub must be a separate partition doesn't 
sound like a good idea.  It just clutters the partition table with another 
small partition. 

If all it gains us is that we know where we booted from, we still need to know 
where /boot is.  I don't see what this gains us -- the root command or prefix 
variable is still required.  It sounds to me that if you want to have a 
firmware native partition type, having all of /boot be that type would be 


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