add Mint to a preexistent multiboot system

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add Mint to a preexistent multiboot system

Post by oliver2104 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:57 am

I have a good working multiboot system.
Windows is installed on /dev/sda1, Gentoo-Linux is intalled on /dev/sdb1
Bootmangager is Grub2, installed to the MBR.
Grub2 configuration (/boot/grub/grub.cfg) is done from my preexistent Linux on /dev/sdb1

Now I want to try out Linux-Mint on my empty /dev/sdb2 partion.

I made a bootable CD from Linux Mint 19 Tara Xfce 32-bit ISO
The installation routine always ask me for the bootloader location.
Is there a way to bypass this behavior, because I don't want to change anything
about my boot process.
All I need is a working Mint-Kernel in /dev/sdb2, wich I can integrate in my own grub.cfg

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Re: add Mint to a preexistent multiboot system

Post by philotux » Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:58 am

You could choose to install Mint without bootloader by starting up the installer in the Live Media from a terminal:

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ubiquity -b
When the installation is done, reboot you computer into your Gentoo and update the Grub from there in order to capture Mint in /boot/grub/grub.cfg.

I have done this on several occasions myself though with other distros than Gentoo but I guess it should work with Gentoo as well.

Hope this helps!

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