On 2011/02/05 21:22 (GMT-0500) Michael Fischer composed:
Just installed SuSE 11.3 onto a machine with 2 disks in RAID1.
Unlike the 11.1 machine on which I am typing this email, it wouldn't let me install grub, etc to /boot if that partition was RAID-ed.
But this confuses me. 11.1 let me "just do this", whereas 11.3 complains.
Is it necessary to do the editing of grub or no?
Depends what's there now.
Was there some change in this respect between 11.1 and 11.3?
I think so. Your experience sounds very much like mine reported in https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=463033
I ended up making /boot non-raid, which is slightly unfortunate, as the point of RAID1 (for me anyway) is failover and its kind of nice to think that the bootloader and kernel are "protected" in the same way as /home, etc..
I don't find having two tiny /boot partitions in non-RAID to be unfortunate. I don't think Grub 1 knows anything about RAID at all. It just happens to work because it can read from RAID1 partitions as if they were not RAID. If the #1 disk went dead, the #2 would need to be read as #1 in order for Grub to work. I did that Grub configuration by disconnecting the #1 cable and booting a CD to actually install Grub to the #2 disk so that Grub would work on it as the only HD.
FWIW, I don't mount either my /boot partitions on /boot. I maintain it manually, and thus never get unwanted surprises showing up there from installers or updates.