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Bug 440380 - sys-boot/lilo: unmerging when /boot isn't mounted cleans /boot
Summary: sys-boot/lilo: unmerging when /boot isn't mounted cleans /boot
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 377427
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: [OLD] Core system (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Lowest trivial (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo's Team for Core System packages
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-10-31 08:17 UTC by Edward Dorosz
Modified: 2015-07-30 07:17 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Edward Dorosz 2012-10-31 08:17:11 UTC
I was changing from lilo-22.8-r2 to grub-0.97-r12 on three of my amd64 gentoos. 

First I emerged grub and then I unmerged lilo

When I did "emerge --unmerge lilo && emerge --depclean" and wanted to configure /boot/grub/grub.conf, I noticed that /boot was gone.

I have only one x86 gentoo and this one did not have this behaviour.

I've set the bug to "trivial" because I didn't have /boot mounted when I unmerged lilo so just creating the /boot folder and remounting was all I needed to do.

If you need more information, don't hesitate to ask.


Edward Dorosz
Comment 1 Eric F. GARIOUD 2012-10-31 09:06:57 UTC
I cannot confirm this.
Hadn't you any .keep file in /boot ?
Comment 2 Edward Dorosz 2012-10-31 09:47:26 UTC
(In reply to comment #1)
> I cannot confirm this.
> Hadn't you any .keep file in /boot ?

I just checked and there are 2 .keep files:


But only when my boot partition is mounted.

/boot was never mounted when I unmerged lilo so there weren't any .keep files when unmerging.
Comment 3 Eric F. GARIOUD 2012-10-31 11:20:17 UTC
Understand. So it removes the mountpoint.
I can confirm.
Comment 4 Sergey Popov gentoo-dev 2012-10-31 12:05:20 UTC
I do not think that this is amd64-specific problem
Comment 5 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2012-11-01 22:01:51 UTC
well, you shouldn't be mounting paths, installing packages on top of them, and then unmounting & unmerging.  that's a really bad idea in general.

in this case with lilo, i don't think we need the `keepdir /boot`.  we can let the pkg_postinst code run `mkdir -p /boot`.
Comment 6 Edward Dorosz 2012-11-02 08:21:22 UTC
I understand why it isn't a good idea. I've reread my first post and it wasn't very clear. How I explained it, it says:

1. mount /boot
2. emerge grub
3. unmount /boot
4. unmerge lilo

But what I did was:

1. mount /boot
2. emerge grub
3. configure grub + grub-install
4. reboot to see if everything was OK
5. unmerge lilo

After that, I wanted to continue configuring grub for the fancy eyecandy at boot but the mount point was gone. I didn't give thought to remounting /boot before unmerging lilo. That's why I didn't have the same problem on the x86. It was the last pc I changed and also the least important so I removed lilo immediately after installing grub without a reboot.

Thank you all for your help.


Comment 7 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2015-07-30 07:17:55 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 377427 ***