LILO vs. GRUB
Posted Jun 17, 2004 17:28 UTC (Thu) by thoffman
In reply to: LILO vs. GRUB
Parent article: LILO vs. GRUB
I also prefer to use GRUB... being able to edit kernel command line parameters and even hunt around the filesystem for other kernels to boot is a very cool feature.
Unfortunately, my main machine is set up with dual 10,000 RPM Raptor SATA drives using a combination of mirrored and striped RAID partitions. It's very fast :-) But GRUB can't handle Linux software RAID. So, after installing Fedora Core 2 (apparently successfully) I had a non-bootable system -- easily recovered if you know what to do - boot the Fedora rescue disk, chroot to the RAID partition and install LILO.
At least the fedora core 2 installer did correctly set up my lilo.conf file for me. But it would be nice if the installer recognized it's own limitations, and just used LILO automatically when GRUB can't do the job.
Of course, the best solution would be to teach GRUB to understand:
1. Linux software RAID 0
2. Linux software RAID 1
3. Linux LVM and Device Mapper drive setups
4. Reiserfs 4, for those of us on the bleeding edge :-)
I'm not sure if GRUB understands XFS, JFS, and the other advanced filesystems Linux uses either... but LILO does (or has patches at least).
So LILO isn't dead yet.
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