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    swapping boot partitions

    Hello all,

    I realized recently that when I installed knoppix it defaulted everything, including the boot stuff to hda3. (I created a 100mg boot partition which is unused, and a 500mg swap partition which is being used). So how do I transfer my boot files to the first partition? I know that I'll have to edit lil.conf to point to hda1 but that's about all I know.

    Thanks.

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    This worked for me.
    do a su

    mount destination by
    mount /dev/hdax /mnt/hdax
    "x" being the destination partition

    cd to current boot directory
    cd /boot

    copy the folder
    cp -Rp * /mnt/hdax
    "x" being the destination again

    edit fstab
    mcedit /etc/fstab

    add the line
    /dev/hdax /boot auto rw,auto,user,exec 0 0
    "x" the destination again

    change the line in lilo.conf "/etc/lilo.conf" to
    boot=/dev/hdax
    that "x" again

    run lilo
    lilo -C lilo.conf

    reboot
    i use gag to select the partition i want to boot.
    good luck

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    sorry i didn't read your discription carefully

    hdax
    should be
    hda1

    hda1 being the new boot folder

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    Thanks greatly. I couldn't ask for a more concise answer

    What did you mean you use gag to select your boot partition?

    Thanks again.

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    Re: swapping boot partitions

    --FYI, 100meg for a /boot partition is way overkill. 8-16Meg should be plenty.

    Quote Originally Posted by ferreter
    Hello all,

    I realized recently that when I installed knoppix it defaulted everything, including the boot stuff to hda3. (I created a 100mg boot partition which is unused, and a 500mg swap partition which is being used). So how do I transfer my boot files to the first partition? I know that I'll have to edit lil.conf to point to hda1 but that's about all I know.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferreter
    Thanks greatly. I couldn't ask for a more concise answer

    What did you mean you use gag to select your boot partition?


    Thanks again.
    I have multiple operating systems
    eg.
    hda1: swap
    hda2: windows xp
    hda3: linux boot
    hda5: linux boot
    hda6: linux boot
    hda7: knoppix
    hda8: yoper
    hda9: testing (slackware at the moment)

    gag http://gag.sourceforge.net/
    is a boot manager that easily lets you select a os to load
    check it out. it is very easy to use, edit and config.
    by putting lilo in the separate partitions instead the mbr you just config gag to select
    hda3 for example and it will load lilo from hda3 and knoppix.
    or hda5 to load yoper etc.....

    have fun!
    jaws75

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