Grub problem

Shelton shelton at
Mon Jan 24 00:37:26 PST 2005

Bluesheet wrote:
> Dear all,
> I have a question about GRUB.
> I found a funny problem with GRUB.
> when I install linux and make a 100MB partition for "/boot(/dev/hda1)", when
> the system install GRUB, it will ask me for the location of GRUB. Mostly it
> have two location, "/dev/hda(MBR)" and "/dev/hda1".The problem is to choose
> which location is correct?
> when I choose to install in "/dev/hda(MBR)", after that, the system will
> startup without errors, and when I use "mount" to show the mount point of
> the system, the system didn't mount "/dev/hda1(/boot)", and the /etc/fstab
> will not have "/dev/hda1(/boot)" information on it; and the /boot will
> existed inside the "/", so the partition "/dev/hda1" will empty and didn't
> use for the system.
> But when I change the location to "/boot(/dev/hda1)" the system will have a
> grub problem when the grub start, it didn't show the GRUB menu, it only run
> the grub command line, when I type...
> grub>root (hd0,0)
> grub>kernel /vmlinuz ro root=/dev/hda2
> grub>boot
> the system will startup, after the system start, I use "mount" to show the
> mount point of the system, it will exists "/dev/hda1(/boot)" and the
> "/dev/hda1" will correctly mount into the system, but the main problem is
> the GRUB didn't show the menu? the /grub/grub.conf and /etc/fstab are
> correct, why?
> Is I missing sth when I install GRUB?
> Here I make a summary of my question
> Making 100MB partition for /boot and install GRUB.
> Grub install in "/dev/hda(MBR)", the system didn't mount and use
> /dev/hda1(/boot), it's empty, the system will make a new /boot partition
> inside "/".
> Grub install in "/dev/hda1(/boot)", the system didn't load the GRUB menu, it
> must to use command mode to startup the system, and "/dev/hda1(/boot)" it
> will used by the system.
> Thanks. Please give me some suggestions. ^_^

this is similar to my setup.

add a line to /etc/fstab describing your /boot partition.
/dev/hda1	/boot	ext3	defaults	1 2
then install grub to the MBR of /dev/hda

fstab is not a dynamic file.
partitions and their mount points must be manually added to /etc/fstab

hope this helps.

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