[NCLUG] Lilo or Grub

dann frazier dannf at dannf.org
Thu Feb 23 16:40:09 MST 2006

On Thu, 2006-02-23 at 15:51 -0700, David Braley wrote:
> All right, it's quiet and about time for a dumb question, so I give all 
> of you permission to flame the crap out of  me for being stupid and to 
> damn lazy to use google :). Here is my problem:
> I have several Linux boxen running here at home, and I can not remember 
> which ones boot with lilo or grub (there is a mixture of both due to 
> some older hardware lot happy with grub). They all have both lilo and 
> grub installed on each box (this was by default on installation). When 
> they boot up, I can not tell by closely looking at the boot screen 
> whether lilo or grub is in control of the boot process.
> So.... How can I tell which boot loader is in control at boot time?

footprint() {
  sudo dd if=/dev/cciss/c0d0 bs=1024 count=1 2>/dev/null |\
    strings | grep -q $1

if footprint LILO; then
  echo lilo
elif footprint GRUB; then
  echo grub
  echo btfoom

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