I have a lightweight Arch installed on my system, which boots using grub. My partition layout is the following:
/dev/sda1 -> /boot
/dev/sda2 ->boot backup
/dev/sda3 -> LVM system, where I have swap, and LVs for Arch and Mint.
My /boot is to be shared by all the distros, by keeping the various kernels and initramfs files in seperate folders (i.e. /boot/arch, /boot/mint). Since it's pretty much easier to configurate and tweak, I'd like to keep using GRUB instead of GRUB 2. Well, to my surprise, the current Linux Mint (the KDE version, at least), does not feature an option to skip the bootloader installation. I tried a work around, which was to point the bootloader to my swap partition, which made the install process go smoothly until the point of installing the bootloader, when it promptly crashed. Figuring it might've been near the end of the install, I chrooted into /target, installed lvm2, adjusted grub/menu.lst, and tried rebooting. To my surprise, everything worked as intended, Mint booted up pretty much perfectly.
But still, I'd like this to be in future versions of the (KDE) installer, it shouldn't be that hard. In fact, I'll have a look at the install script later tonight and see if I can fix it myself.
Last edited by xenopeek
on Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:31 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Reason: Edited subject for clarity