boot loaders

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Automagically repairs a boot loader.

This is something I wish I had/knew about a long time ago. I've had bootloader misadventures that really stressed me out.

I'll accept this, even though it uses systemd.

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LILO image

(on Wikipedia)
https://web.archive.org/web/20180516055928/http://lilo.alioth.debian.org:80/

A boot loader, generally considered less used and less featureful than GRUB.

Although I had used LILO quite a lot in the past, and was doing some interesting things with it, like having multiboots with DOS and rearranging partitions to hide some or change what was primary, I tend to not use a bootloader like that anymore. I expect a distribution to be magical regarding a boot loader.


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https://wiki.syslinux.org/wiki/index.php?title=The_Syslinux_Project [ 1 ] was https://web.archive.org/web/20191231072326/https://wiki.syslinux.org/wiki/index.php?title=The_Syslinux_Project

A bootloader with various companion tools.

Seems fantastic, but only in the sense that various other tools use it in magical automated ways.

  • isohybrid is part of the syslinux group of tools.
  • Includes SYSLINUX, which is Linux-specific.



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Well, I got schooled with all kinds of bootloader and install issues I was having with Unity Linux 0.99-alpha2.

Boy did I get into trouble.  I took three pages of notes before I finally managed to scrap 0.99-alpha2 and get 0.99-alpha1 working again.

It's mostly a problem of my lack of understanding too.  I'll need to take another pass at the whole affair after reading some advice I got.  I know how I'll do things differently next time.

I hope to get into it later this week, although docs are a higher priority at this point since I've left things on auto-pilot for a while.. i.e. nobody was doing anything.