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Re: OT: Any one here using a rolling release linux?

by aitap (Curate)
on Jan 05, 2014 at 21:00 UTC ( #1069418=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to OT: Any one here using a rolling release linux?

I tried Debian earlier, and its quite smooth, but I cannot for some reason dual boot that and Windows 7
This looks like an easy problem to solve. First, I would suggest re-running update-grub (because the one run by debian-installer does not always work properly), then, if the former does not help, locating Windows partition and writing Windows menuentry manually in /etc/grub.d/40_custom (there are many HOWTOs about chainloading a partition on the Net). Or maybe grub fails to run Windows EFI bootloader because it is run in BIOS mode (or otherwise); this is also easy to spot (you should have either both grub-efi package and bootmgr.efi somewhere or both grub-pc and bootmgr without extension) and easy to solve (install the appropriate GRUB package; copy grubx64.efi to /EFI/BOOT/BOOTX64.EFI on your efi partition if you installed grub-efi). Hope that helps. I can write more detailed instructions if you are interested.

Speaking of rolling-release distros, I haven't used them by myself; I tried staying on Debian "testing" for 1.5 years, but then realized that if I switched to stable, I would have the same (or even more) stability without updating 100 packages every week. Software is a bit old here (Perl v5.14.2, for example), but there are some third-party repos from which I can install new Mozilla software and new VirtualBox, and there is always perlbrew if I want a newer Perl.

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Re^2: OT: Any one here using a rolling release linux?
by perl514 (Pilgrim) on Jan 06, 2014 at 14:25 UTC

    Hi aitap

    Thanks for the reply. Yes I would very much be thankful if you could provide a detailed method or point me to a link where the detailed steps are provided. I did search the net, but most of the stuff I found was either high level steps or too much details. Though I am comfortable with the cli, I recently started using Linux and hence do not possess enough knowhow to fiddle in depth.

    As for the "system perl" shipped with Wheezy, that should not be a problem. I had, a while ago, compiled Perl 5.16.3 and it had worked just fine. I can do the same/use perlbrew.

    Thank you once again for helping me out on this.

    Perlpetually Indebted To PerlMonks

      Sorry, I don't know any detailed guides on debugging Windows boot via GRUB2. In order to fix the problem I'll need some information first. Just the basic facts, how exactly doesn't it boot, what exactly is written in the Windows menuentry in grub.cfg, what is your hard drive partitioning layout, what files are present in the root of Windows partition?

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