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On Sat, Sep 25, 2004 at 01:32:02AM -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Michael Wenk (wenk@praxis.homedns.org):
> 
> > As I recall, all fdisk /mbr does is takes a copy of master boot record from 
> > some backup location and places it in the master boot record of the drive.  
> 
> Er, not "some backup location", but rather instructions towards that end
> inside FDISK.EXE.  (After all, it's only 446 bytes.)
> 
> > I think this is why fdisk /mbr won't remove lilo very easily(as lilo installs 
> > itself into the mbr as well as the backup location) 
> 
> Er, no, that has nothing to do with it.  When you run /sbin/lilo (the
> map installer), whatever is specified in /etc/lilo.conf's boot= line
> (which could be /dev/hda, but doesn't have to be) gets overridden, and 
> the former contents of the target is written out to /boot/boot.NNMM,
> where NNMM is the major and minor numbers.
> 

I thought fdisk /mbr *did* remove lilo easily. Am I wrong?
--Ken
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