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Re: [opensuse-factory] Installing 11.2 on a computer with other Linux distros
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2009 02:50:37 +0100 (CET)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LSU.2.00.0911010237390.15072@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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On Saturday, 2009-10-31 at 15:47 +0100, Clayton wrote:

I just installed 11.2RC2 on my netbook (Asus EeePC 1005HA), and it's
working well.. but... it's totally ignored the other Linux distro I
have installed.

The harddrive is partitioned like this:
/dev/sda1 - ext4 - Ubuntu 9.10 - 15GB
/dev/sdb2 - ext4 - openSUSE 11.2 - 15GB
/dev/sdb3 - ext 4 - Home partition

Ubuntu was installed first, and was booting/working fine before I
installed openSUSE 11.2.

I installed 11.2 (custom partitioning to force it to install on sdb2,
all other settings are default), and it has booted up and is working
fine, but Grub only knows about openSUSE....

The problem is that "all other settings are default". You should have told grub to install on /dev/sdb2, so as not to touch your "main" grub, which I assume is the one from ubuntu.

There are two possibilities.

Ubuntu could have installed grub in the MBR (in which case use ubuntu repair tools to restore it), or it could have installed a generic MBR code, and grub in /dev/sda1, in which case it should have marked /dev/sda1 as bootable. In that case you have to ensure that the MBR contains generic code, and remark sda1 as bootable if sda2 is marked now.

Or something of the sort, I missed you have two disks. I'm a bit sleepy to review the above in that light O:-)

I "can" manually fiddle with Grub to get it to boot, but that is a bit
messy and unwieldy. This is something that used to work fine... has
something changed? or have I missed something?

What has "changed" is that you have to pay careful attention to what the installer says it is going to do, and correct it if necessary. Never trust it to make the right decision, specially if your setup is a bit "different".

- -- Cheers,
Carlos E. R.

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