Bug 830843

Summary: Computer freezes when trying to edit boot entry on grub2
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Tom Horsley <horsley1953>
Component: grub2Assignee: Peter Jones <pjones>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance <extras-qa>
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Version: 17CC: bcl, bobningx, dennis, mads, pjones, stephent98
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Description Flags
The grub.cfg file I tried to edit the 1st kernel entry in none

Description Tom Horsley 2012-06-11 10:01:59 EDT
Description of problem:

I added boot_delay=100 to my kernel args to try and capture a kernel walkback
message. When rebooting the system I typed 'e' in the grub2 menu to edit the
kernel command line to remove this so rebooting would work faster. I moved the
cursor (painfully slowly) out to the start of the boot_delay I had put on the
end of a very long line. I typed "del" about 3 or 4 times to delete the
characters at the end, and after those 3 or 4 times, my system apparently
froze up. I couldn't delete any more characters, I couldn't hit ESC to get
back to grub menu, nothing worked. Even Ctrl-Alt-Del didn't work. I had to
power cycle the machine to get back.

It is a very long line. I don't know if the line wrapping messed it up.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Only tried it once so far.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. see above
Actual results:
frozen system

Expected results:
ability to edit kernel command line.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Mads Kiilerich 2012-06-11 10:04:08 EDT
This should be fixed in http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/buildinfo?buildID=322368 - please confirm.
Comment 2 Tom Horsley 2012-06-11 10:05:43 EDT
Created attachment 590944 [details]
The grub.cfg file I tried to edit the 1st kernel entry in

Here's the grub.cfg file I was trying to edit.

The line is very long. It wrapped even on the 1920x1200 monitor I have.
Comment 3 Tom Horsley 2012-06-11 11:47:16 EDT
OK, I got the beta6 installed (after discovering that the rpm apparently
doesn't do the grub2-install for me :-), and I didn't freeze my system, but
the editing still didn't work:

In this case I moved the cursor down to the line ending in boot_delay=100.

I then type Ctrl-E to get to the end.

I then hit the backspace key 14 times to erase the boot_delay=100 string,
but the screen still said "boot_del", so it stopped erasing characters
on the display about half way through.

I then when ahead and rebooted with that edited kernel entry, and
the /var/log/messages "kernel command line" message does not have
a boot_del on the end, so it apparently erased the whole thing as far as
booting is concerned, but it still has a real problem with the way it
displays the edits on the screen.
Comment 4 Mads Kiilerich 2012-06-11 12:04:57 EDT
Did you have a line wrap after "boot_del" ... or can you attach a photo to explain exactly how it looked like?

Was it possible to move the cursor around and edit elsewhere after the erasing had stopped working?
Comment 5 Tom Horsley 2012-06-11 12:17:24 EDT
The line wrap was right after the q in the "quiet" parameter just before
the boot_delay=100.

The cursor continued to move even after it stopped erasing characters from
the screen, so what I saw was something like:

long line... q\

Where the ^ indicates the cursor position.

I didn't try doing a lot of other editing this time, I suspect the fact that
I did try doing a lot of cursor movement and trying different things the first
time is what got my system frozen :-).
Comment 6 Mads Kiilerich 2012-06-11 18:18:34 EDT
I'm sorry - that build did not contain the patches I thought it did.

Please try again with this snapshot in an unofficial scratch build: http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/taskinfo?taskID=4152623 grub2-2.0-0.37.beta6.4462.fc17
Comment 7 Tom Horsley 2012-06-12 08:03:55 EDT
Yep. The grub2-2.0-0.37.beta6.4462.fc17 does indeed seem to fix the editing problems. I could delete characters through the line wrap, then type more characters to make the line wrap again, and everything worked correctly.
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