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Debian Wheezy dual boot with LMDE

Postby excollier on Thu May 02, 2013 12:37 pm

When Debian Wheezy is finally released this weekend, will it be ok to install it alongside my LMDE install, replacing Ubuntu, or will it cause a conflict in Grub, being very similar?
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Re: Debian Wheezy dual boot with LMDE

Postby zerozero on Thu May 02, 2013 12:54 pm

excollier wrote:or will it cause a conflict in Grub, being very similar?

i don't see why it will cause any kind of conflict; i have a multiboot system, some of the distros have exactly the same grub version and i don't see any problem at all.
but:
i only allow 1 distro to install grub to the MBR, all the others are on the PBR (if this makes it easier or not i don't know because i never tried the other way)
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Re: Debian Wheezy dual boot with LMDE

Postby excollier on Thu May 02, 2013 1:16 pm

Thanks, I just wondered that they may clash as they are essentially the same. I know when I used Kubuntu and set up a multiboot, Kubuntu was identified as Ubuntu 12.04.2 on which it was based.
I was concerned in case grub could not differentiate the two, but I'll give it a spin anyway.
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Re: Debian Wheezy dual boot with LMDE

Postby GeneBenson on Thu May 02, 2013 7:49 pm

Hi excollier,

If you look in /boot/grub/grub.cfg you will see something like this:
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menuentry 'LinuxMint GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.2.0-4-amd64' --class linuxmint --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
   load_video
   insmod gzio
   insmod part_msdos
   insmod ext2
   set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
   search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root f04f7fa6-d4c7-4215-bd94-7a27b2acfee7
   echo   'Loading Linux 3.2.0-4-amd64 ...'
   linux   /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-4-amd64 root=UUID=f04f7fa6-d4c7-4215-bd94-7a27b2acfee7 ro  quiet nomodeset nouveau.modeset=0
   echo   'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
   initrd   /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-4-amd64
}

and this:
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menuentry "LinuxMint GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.2.0-4-686-pae (on /dev/sdc9)" --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
   insmod part_msdos
   insmod ext2
   set root='(hd2,msdos9)'
   search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 318a0641-f285-4615-b751-b19279f9d084
   linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-4-686-pae root=UUID=318a0641-f285-4615-b751-b19279f9d084 ro quiet
   initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-4-686-pae
}


Grub uses UUID to differentiate between different OS'es. What you see in the Grub menu is just text and has no effect on how Grub determines which OS'es are installed. As to whether you get confused, well that is another matter. :wink:
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Re: Debian Wheezy dual boot with LMDE

Postby excollier on Fri May 03, 2013 3:07 am

Fair enough. Looks like I'll have an all Debian machine by next week then.
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