[SLUG] LILO + Debian: why hast thou forsaken me?

From: Eric Jahn (eric@ejahn.net)
Date: Thu Sep 25 2003 - 11:44:27 EDT

Okay, maybe I'm being dramatic, but this is frustrating. I have a computer
with 2 disks, hda with Gentoo on it and hdb with Debian Woody on it. hda
contains grub in the MBR, and it can successfully boot into either the Debian
or the Gentoo system. hdb has LILO on in the MBR (but I've also tried the
first sector of hdb1), and gives me the familiar "L 01" error and doesn't
boot the Debian system. Here is my fstab:

I've tried linear and LBA32, etc., with no luck. Here is the output of
sfdisk -l /dev/xxx >/tmp/hdmaps.log 2>&1

Disk /dev/hdb: 7297 cylinders, 255 heads, 63 sectors/track
Units = cylinders of 8225280 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0

   Device Boot Start End #cyls #blocks Id System
/dev/hdb1 * 0+ 11 12- 96358+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdb2 12 135 124 996030 82 Linux swap
/dev/hdb3 136 7296 7161 57520732+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdb4 0 - 0 0 0 Empty
Here is some output I think is unusual:
ericdeb:~# lilo.real -M /dev/hdb
Fatal: Cannot open /boot/mbr.b: No such file or directory
How do I regenerate that file? I thought that's what the -M switch was
supposed to do? Thank you greatly to anyone who has some insights into this.

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