GRUB vs LILO and how STUPID the X86 architecture really is...

Gerard Beekmans gerard at
Fri Oct 18 11:21:05 PDT 2002

On October 17, 2002 06:39 pm, Ian Molton wrote:
> people keep saying that, but no-one seems to have a good reason WHY its
> crappy...

LILO is in my experiences very picky and difficult when it comes to disk 
geometry. Countless times I've run /sbin/lilo I reboot and all I get are "01" 
all over the screen. Great disk geom. mismatch. Why? Dunno. I boot from a 
different media, go back to the LFS system check my lilo.conf which turns out 
to be perfectly in order, rerun LILO, no go it still fails. Boot again 
install Grub in MBR, boot, no problem anymore.

LILO is a bit over-sensitive sometimes and it's a stressing not knowing if 
your system is going to boot again. I absolutely loathe having to update a 
kernel on the LFS server. It still runs LILO and I don't want to touch it 
with a ten foot pole in case it won't boot anymore. Sometimes there is no 
choice but the stress...I could do without.

Gerard Beekmans

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