[lug] Determining if Lilo or Grub is current bootloader

Daniel Webb lists at danielwebb.us
Wed Jan 17 20:28:43 MST 2007

On Wed, Jan 17, 2007 at 05:50:36PM -0700, Zan Lynx wrote:

> LILO works when it doesn't know anything about the filesystem.  GRUB
> requires a filesystem driver.
> LILO works on RAID-1 mirrors.  GRUB does not, as far as I know.
> LILO continues to work even when your /boot filesystem is fsck'd up.
> I've seen GRUB fail to read the kernel and initrd off a sufficiently
> corrupted partition.
> Of course, I personally prefer GRUB, but you did ask. :)

Yeah, I figured there must be cases like that.  Good to know them.

If your boot filesystem is corrupted wouldn't it be dangerous to boot
anything on it?  I would want to use a boot CD if at all possible in that
situation.  I haven't encountered the RAID situation because I don't put my
root directory in RAID but it would be nice.

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