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Legacy GRUB with support for ext4 partitions
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CatDude


Joined: 03 Jan 2007
Posts: 1497
Location: UK

PostPosted: Wed 09 Dec 2009, 06:02    Post subject:  Legacy GRUB with support for ext4 partitions
Subject description: also partitions with an inode sizes of 256, and a gfxmenu
 

Hello All

Due to recent requests for help regarding my graphical grub package,
i went looking for a GRUB Legacy package that supported:
ext4 partitions and partitions that had an inode size of 256 byte
and obviously gfxmenu (the GRUB graphical boot menu).

I am happy to report that i have actually found one (thanks go out to Mepis once again Laughing ),
and it appears to work OK.

Test machine specs:
Compaq Presario 5176 (desktop)
CPU = AMD K6-2 400MHz
RAM = 384MB (maxed out)
HDD = 8GB


Using GParted from different Puppies to format the drive,
i made a few tests.

    sda1 = small partition just for GRUB (approx 50MB), ext3, inode size = 128
    also for test puposes i deleted and reformatted to: ext4, inode size = 128

    sda2 = 1GB Puppy-4.31 ( Puppy-4.30 in a subdir) ext3
    sda3 = 256MB SWAP
    sda4 = Extended
    sda5 = 1GB Puppy-214X-RC1, ext3, inode size = 256
    sda6 = 1GB Puppy-4.31, ext4, inode size = 256
    sda7 = 1GB Puppy-3.01, ext2, inode size = 256
    sda8 = 1GB I later installed GRUB to this as a test (deleted that on sda1), ext4, inode size = 256
    sda9 = 1GB Puppy-4.21, ext3, inode size = 128


In all cases i was able to boot into any of the installs,
whether i used GRUB on sda1 or sda8 irrespactive of inode size or format.

If you look at the attached image,
you can see the different partitions and formats.

You will also notice that none of the partitions are flagged as boot,
i don't normally do this, but i did purely for this test.
It had no adverse affect upon the booting ability of GRUB.

As to the gfxmenu side of things,
i tried a couple of my message files and thay all worked fine.
I tried using the biggest one i had available (794K) to see if it would be problematic,
it passed with flying colours (pun intended).

So if anybody fancies trying this new package out,
you can get it from the first post of my How to have a graphical GRUB thread.
It is called: grub-gfxboot-ext4-and-inode256-compatible.tar.gz
and contains the following:

    grub-gfxboot_0.97-36mepis1.pet
    pupsta1
    pupsta1.jpg
    README.txt

it is practically the same as the other package posted there grub-gfxboot-for-puppy-updated.tar.gz
the only difference being: grub-gfxboot_0.97-36mepis1.pet instead of: grub-gfxboot_0.97-18mepis1.pet

The usual warning stands: Use entirely at your own risk

Anyway i hope this helps someone.
CatDude
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Roger Hunter

Joined: 05 Jan 2008
Posts: 214

PostPosted: Wed 09 Dec 2009, 11:05    Post subject:  

CatDude;

Now that's what I call help going above and beyond the call of duty!

Many thanks. If it works (and I assume it will) you've saved us hours of head scratching.

I'm off to try it.

Roger
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CatDude


Joined: 03 Jan 2007
Posts: 1497
Location: UK

PostPosted: Wed 09 Dec 2009, 12:05    Post subject:  

Hello Roger

Roger Hunter wrote:

Now that's what I call help going above and beyond the call of duty!

No problem, it's the least i could do.

Roger Hunter wrote:

Many thanks. If it works (and I assume it will) you've saved us hours of head scratching.

I'm off to try it.

I sure hope that it does, everything ran smoothly during my limited testing,
anyway i await to see how you get on (fingers crossed and touching wood etc Laughing )

CatDude
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vellowax

Joined: 19 Nov 2009
Posts: 45
Location: still playing in the backyard

PostPosted: Fri 18 Dec 2009, 15:42    Post subject:  

wow...AWESOME...
many thanks CatDude
i tried your package, and it all work like you said.
i'll keep that pupsta1 as the graphical menu.

Thanks again CatDude.

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CatDude


Joined: 03 Jan 2007
Posts: 1497
Location: UK

PostPosted: Sat 19 Dec 2009, 12:28    Post subject:  

Hello vellowax

vellowax wrote:
wow...AWESOME...
many thanks CatDude
i tried your package, and it all work like you said.

Cool That's very good to hear

vellowax wrote:

i'll keep that pupsta1 as the graphical menu.

You're very welcome to it,
if you feel adventurous i started a thread Message files for the GRUB gfxmenu
where you can post your own creations.

CatDude
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