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Re: partition layouts

From: Tomas 'Ebik' Ebenlendr
Subject: Re: partition layouts
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2005 09:58:06 +0200
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> 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.
> When booting kernels from another partition though, we're left with 
> something like this:
>       title Linux
>               linux (hd,7)/vmlinux-foo root=/dev/hda12
>               initrd (hd,7)/initrd-foo
> [To summarize:
> (hd,5) -- /boot/grub
> (hd,7) -- /boot
> (hd,11) -- /
> ]

Just simple question. Why /boot is separated partition now? (Well, in
cases that / is readable by grub). We can recommend users not to use
/boot as separate partition to not confuse themselves and
to not partition drive too much.
                                 Tomas 'ebi' Ebenlendr

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