/boot on a separate partition

Glenn Dawson glenn at antimatter.net
Tue Jul 19 02:46:22 GMT 2005

At 07:34 PM 7/18/2005, Ross Kendall Axe wrote:
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>On Mon, 18 July 2005, Glenn Dawson wrote:
>>At 06:13 PM 7/18/2005, Ross Kendall Axe wrote:
>>>It's starting to look to me as though the stage 2 bootloader and kernel
>>>both want to be in the /boot directory on partition a.  I'd love to be
>>>proved wrong :-)
>>I think this is exactly the case.
>>According to the boot(8) man page, you can create a /boot.config that 
>>will allow you to customize things.  The only catch being that 
>>/boot.config has to be on the a partition of the slice you are booting 
>>from.  Normally the a partition would be / and also contain /boot.
>Yes, /boot.config does look like a bit of a showstopper :-(
>I take it there's no way to get the bootloader to look elsewhere for that?

I'm sure there is a way, the question is whether it's worth the trouble.

>>/ defaults to being 256MB.  If you're trying to conserve space, it might 
>>be easier to run through an install and see how big / really needs to be 
>>and then do a second install and customize the size of / so that it only 
>>has the space it really needs.  (On one of my 5.4 systems / requires 
>>about 53MB)
>>You may have problems later on if you make the size of / too small.
>That's what I'm going for now.  100MB in / and the rest of the disk given 
>to /usr and swap.  Bit of pain really, I thought the whole idea of keeping 
>the bootloader files in /boot was so that /boot could be a separate partition.

Not sure about that...I always figured it was to keep / from getting too 


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