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Re: my thoughts about grub 2

From: Seth Goldberg
Subject: Re: my thoughts about grub 2
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:54:07 -0700 (PDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.00 (GSO 1167 2008-08-23)

Imagine you've got 3 OSs: Hiaku, FreeDOS and ReactOS. Given that none
of these OSs normally have an "/etc" directory, which "/etc" should be
used to store GRUB's configuration?

I agree with you -- using GRUB2 in a multi-OS configuration is inherently problematic due to the split-brain phenomenon, but if you're managing 3 OSes, we expect you to be smart enough to work around the problem yourself. Keep in mind that a multi-UNIX environment is not the target use case for GRUB2 -- it's one distro that manages the GRUB2 configuration. It would be a nightmare to try to support three UNIXes, each with potentially different versions of GRUB2, each trying to own the menu.

I know GRUB2 isn't the easiest thing to work with, but it's far more flexible than Legacy GRUB was.

Also, no one's forcing you to use the autogenerated configuration file. You can disable that and manually manage your menus, but in doing that you need to understand that you're cutting out one of the more useful features.


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