I am trying to install two Linux distributions on two partitions of the same disk.
The idea is to install the new Slakware 3.0 ELF and check it out before
discarding the old one. The problem is that I cannot really follow the logic
behind the 'setup' utility and 'lilo' program. The questions are:
1. The 'setup' utility when run in my current Linux does not behave the
same when run originally after installing with the original boot and root
disks. Its 'TARGET' option does not ask for partition at all. I have
created two 'Linux Native' partitions (code 83) and the 'setup' does not
display them. I looked into the script for 'setup'. It seems to look for
these partitions but it does not do anything with them. It simply
displays directory / by default and accepts a new directory. No operations
on partitions. Does it mean that there are two different versions of 'setup'
utility? Where is the version which asks for partitions, file system, formating, etc.
2. The 'lilo' is weird too. It asks for partition and puts it as root in /etc/lilo.conf
but the image file name is not relative to the specified partition. Instead it
seems to be relative to the current partition. For example, when I put
lilo complains about missing file /zImage because it cannot find it on /dev/sda3
partition and instead is looking for the currently installed /dev/sda1 partition.
3. What is the way to install two independent Linux distributions? With lilo (which I would
prefer to be on a floppy)?