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- Feb 2008
Add Slackware to GRUB
I then decided to load Slackware on another system by itself, using Lilo, and figure out some settings to begin guessing with. It wouldn't load. I got a GRUB Loading Error 17 message.
Does anyone have an idea what I can do to get access to my Slackware distro?
Mount Slackware partition in Mandriva and check the contents of /boot folder of Mandriva. Note down vmlinuz and intrid filenames. Add this in Mandriva's menu.lst file
title Slackware root (hd0,x) kernel /<vmlinuz_filename> ro root=/dev/hda<partition> initrd /<initrd_filename>
Save file and reboot machine. Select Slackware in Menu.
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- Feb 2008
Slackware didn't load an initrd... file. I have this README.initrd@ entry that blinks, but I can't find the way to open it. I need to find out what that's about. I think I read somewhere that if you use the huge-smp version you don't need the initrd file. I understand that the initrd file is meant to work at the beginning or during the boot process, which seems to indicate it is needed.
# ls /slackware/boot config@ diag1.img System.map-huge-126.96.36.199 vmlinuz-huge-188.8.131.52 config-generic-184.108.40.206 README.initrd@ System.map-huge-smp-220.127.116.11-smp vmlinuz-huge-smp-18.104.22.168-smp config-generic-smp-22.214.171.124-smp System.map@ vmlinuz@ config-huge-126.96.36.199 System.map-generic-188.8.131.52 vmlinuz-generic-184.108.40.206 config-huge-smp-220.127.116.11-smp System.map-generic-smp-18.104.22.168-smp vmlinuz-generic-smp-22.214.171.124-smp
The bottom line is, I guess it can't hurt too much to try and figure out a way to boot Slackware. I read that there is a initrd utility on the CD/DVD to make this file but I couldn't find it. I did notice the fedora menu.lst file was quite different than the others:
title Fedora (126.96.36.199-42.fc8) root (hd0,9) kernel /boot/vmlinuz-188.8.131.52-42.fc8 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet initrd /boot/initrd-184.108.40.206-42.fc8.img
Most notably was the entry after root= on the kernel line. I've got plenty to learn.
Thanks for any input.
An initial ramdisk image (initrd) is not strictly needed if everything you need to get the system going is compiled into the kernel. I never used to created initrd images when I compiled my own kernels for Slackware and Gentoo. You can use the mkinitrd command to create your own initrd image. I guess this is the tool thats supposed to be on the Slackware disk.
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- Jan 2009
slack in grub
Struggled with my installation of Slackware 12.2 yesterday, and stumbled across this posting.
I to tried to make an USB bootstick, but that failed on my again and again. The setup states the USB stick will be wiped out, so I thought it would eat my windows formatted (probably FAT16) usb stick. Didn't. Used my Ubuntu installation to get the stick empty and ext3 formatted: slackware setup still didn't eat the stick. oh yes, it does detect and 'mount', but in the end, it won't boot from it ( checking: the're nothing on the stick either ).
So no boot-usb stick, no initrd like vuserv and no working slackware.
I thought, no initrd -> thus installation failed somewhere.
Option via LILO on a boot floppy maybe?
I tried to skip the LILO installation cause I've got Grub already, did notice a floppy option ones, but with a restart of the setup, I couldn't find the boot-lilo-floppy option anymore..
That didn't help me either.
The 'blinking' README.initrd@ which vuserv mentioned got me thinking I ****ed up likewise. This wasn't the case: README.initrd@ is just a link to file somewhere on the filesystem of the installed slackware.
When you mount the slackware 'disk' from another running linux ( in my case from ubuntu ) by
sudo mkdir /media/slackware sudo mount /dev/sda6 /media/slackware ls /media/slackware/boot
There's nothing there in the ubuntu system. You should look for this file in /media/slackware/usr/doc/mkinitrd-1.3.2/README.initrd
Just adding that finally I did manage to get it working with following lines in the menu.lst of grub:
title Slackware linux 12.2 root (hd0,5) kernel /boot/vmlinuz-huge-smp-220.127.116.11-smp root=/dev/sda6 ro
In the help that was given above, the /boot just wasn't there. That's why my Grub stopped with a error 15 ( file not found )...
First I thought the missing initrd img was what caused the grub failure.
It took me quite some time to figure out that slackware can be started without specifing the initrd ( see above)
My ubuntu's are listed like this:
title Ubuntu 8.10, bla bla uuid 486096abla bla bla kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-genebla bla initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic