Installing without GRUB

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Xander314
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Installing without GRUB

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I want to install Linux Mint alongside Windows 7 and Gentoo. I've already installed GRUB along with Gentoo and written the grub.conf file. Is there any way to stop the Mint GUI installer installing GRUB again?
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Re: Installing without GRUB

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I don't think so. But if you don't like Mint's grub (why?) you can anyway boot into Gentoo afterwards and get its grub back by grub-install and update-grub.
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Re: Installing without GRUB

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No, there is no such selection of 'Not installing grub'.

However, what you can do is simply select it to install grub onto its root partition.
Then you pass control to your master boot loader, in the case your Gentoo, run from Gentoo, and do a update-grub to get Mint into its grub menu.
Xander314
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Re: Installing without GRUB

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if you don't like Mint's grub (why?)
No, I have nothing against it, it just seemed a waste to reinstall it and I was curious if I could avoid it.

I'll just use the one Mint installs then, that's fine.
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Re: Installing without GRUB

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Actually, I've installed Linux Mint 12 today and yes, there is an option not to install Grub.
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Re: Installing without GRUB

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pvjlieuthier wrote:Actually, I've installed Linux Mint 12 today and yes, there is an option not to install Grub.
If it's possbible to do so, how do you do it ? Is there kind of EDIT button that lets you specify where to install GRUB or not ? In other words, something like old Ubuntu installer did in the past.
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Re: Installing without GRUB

Post by mintybits »

The Ubuntu/Mint installer does not allow no Grub install. This can be very annoying and I don't understand why. Other distros do, such as SuSE.
A work-around is to install the new Grub to the linux partition itself and leave your existing one in the MBR untouched. Note, one should not use the Grub in the partition because it is unreliable due to the lack of boot-loader provision in the ext format.
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