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I have been tring to make my system dual-bootable. So I installed lilo and put it in my MBR. It loads and gives me this bunch of "Read-only file system" messages in the startup messages. Then I get a TTY. I can cat my files, but can not change anything, and I can not open any of my application programs.

Here is my lilo .conf file


       image = /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-2-generic
       initrd = /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-2-generic

and here is my fstab file

       - /etc/fstab: static file system information.

      # Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
      # device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
      # that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
      # <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
          proc            /proc           proc    nodev,noexec,nosuid 0       0
      # / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
         UUID=7c37411f-3ff6-4de2-b35b-5f3605ad7ad5 /               ext4      
        errors=remount-ro 0       1
       # swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
       UUID=db9f8da7-ef2a-4298-8457-15d9eb4a51e0 none            swap    
        sw              0       0
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What OS'es are you trying to dual-boot? What is your partition layout? – Mokubai Dec 27 '12 at 8:13
no sorry i am not installing other OS just two linux kernels – micflinulu Dec 27 '12 at 8:33

First of all, I would not recommend using lilo. Is there any reason you are not using grub2? Nothing wrong with lilo mind, just not so popular these days.

Anyway, removing the read-only line from your lilo.conf should do the trick.

Another problem is that your lilo.conf points to /dev/sda2 as root, while your fstab has /dev/sda1 as root.

I could probably help more if you include the actual error messages you are getting.

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r u sure it also says that the drive / is not ready yet or is not present.continue to wait or s to skip or m...." – micflinulu Dec 27 '12 at 11:07
No, I'm not sure but it should be a start. At least for the read-only problem. I really would use grub2 instead of lilo though, it is much better for modern OSs. – terdon Dec 27 '12 at 13:37
Nothing wrong with lilo. It has a single configuration file, fits within an MBR. GRUB2 is bloated beyond belief. – fpmurphy1 Dec 27 '12 at 23:35
@fpmurphy, there is absolutely nothing wrong with lilo, I used it happily for years. I do find grub2 easier to configure, prettier and more powerful though. Plus, since it is now the standard for most distributions it is easier to find help for it. – terdon Dec 28 '12 at 10:58
@micflinulu, see updated answer. – terdon Dec 28 '12 at 11:02

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