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Hi guys, I've got a strange problem (maybe it's not so strange but this is the first time I try to boot a kernel that's on another partition... My situation ...
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    Lilo + Linux 1 on /dev/sda5 & Linux 2 on /dev/sdb6


    Hi guys, I've got a strange problem (maybe it's not so strange but this is the first time I try to boot a kernel that's on another partition...

    My situation is the following. I've got two Minislack versions
    - one is on sda5
    - one is on sdb6

    Lilo is installed in the MBR. Now, since sda5 is the oldest distro, the lilo config from that file is used. I've edited the lilo.conf, and it keeps complaining it couldn't find the kernel from sdv6. I mounted the partition, then it said it couldn't add it because there were too many levels... (I mounted it on /mnt/sdb6/, so the path was /mnt/sdb6/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.12.2ata). Then I rerun /sbin/lilo -v to load & check the config, another error pops up:
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    cannot stat `/mnt/sdb6/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.12.2ata' too many symbolic links
    I found on a google groups some info, but basically it was telling me to do what I already tried to do, without any success (see the 'too many symbolic links' stuff...

    Can anyone help me out here?

    I would like a solution without having to create a separate /boot partition, that should be possible.
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    having a seperate /boot partition is always a good idea...

    especially if ur running more then one linux distro

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaX_ManIc
    having a seperate /boot partition is always a good idea...

    especially if you running more then one linux distro
    Do you have one? I had one before, but never used more than one distro at that time; now that i'm beta-testing, it's something else. I think it only complicates stuff, i heard there's symlinking involved and so on...

    Anyway, I fixed it . It's not that difficult in the end. Add the correct root= option, and an append="noinitrd ro root= image=" option. Of course, the partition/disk has to be mounted in the distro from where you install Lilo (yes it might sound complicated, but it's not).

    Now it works like a charm
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    yes im using one, for 2 distorz, Slack and LFS...

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    Ok... Did you need to setup any further, except for putting your kernelds in the separate partition?
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    not really, just make sure u use right root parition for each kernel

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