[lfs-support] LILO and GRUB - LILO I can make work, GRUB often leaves me Grubby

Ken Moffat zarniwhoop at ntlworld.com
Wed Jan 11 12:28:13 PST 2012

On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 05:41:11PM +0000, Firerat wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 11:20 AM,  <jasonpsage at jegas.com> wrote:

[ snipped - people, PLEASE trim what you are replying to ]
> lilo is plain and simple to use
> but at least for me there is no contest , grub wins hands down

 As a long-time user of lilo, I have to agree that grub2 is better.
All bootloaders are nasty, and I used to find lilo's simplicity
suited me.  On my (x86_64) desktops I moved once grub2 came into
the book, and after a learning curve it now runs reliably for me.

 My server used to have an old install and I was stuck on a very old
kernel because of lilo (the root disk moved to sd? from hda when the
kernel went to the new ATA code [ might have been sda, or might have
been sdc, I forget ] and lilo refused to write the fixed-up entry
because in the old kernel the sd drive didn't exist.

 Going to grub2 was somewhat painful.  Needed a rescue CD a few
times for when it failed to boot.  On the desktops I had to make a
symlink to sort out my separate /boot partition.  On the server I
also had to search long and hard to get a 1024x768 framebuffer after
I moved to a new motherboard - changed to vesafb from radeonfb and
had to add things to grub:
setgfxpaylod=keep # hmm, that looks like a typo
insmod gfxterm
insmod vbe

 Note that both my desktops are happily using radeonfb and kms
without having to fiddle with grub.cfg, but these sort of "works
there, but not here" issues are common in bootloaders.

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