Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 100863
GRUB returns error code 17 when trying to boot from ReiserFS filesystem
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:56:09 EDT
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Description of problem:
When trying to boot one of my other distributions that was installed on a
ReiserFS filesystem, GRUB returns and error saying that it cannot read the
Taking ReiserFS support out of the kernel was one thing, but not giving GRUB the
ability to boot from a ReiserFS filesystem greatly hampers any interaction w/
other distros on the same machine. Some of the more popular distros like Debian
and SuSE standardize on ReiserFS. The least you could do was continue some form
of support for it.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
2.Select Distro installed on ReiserFS (SuSE 8.2)
Actual Results: GRUB returns Error Code 17 and refuses to mount the filesystem
to boot it.
Expected Results: GRUB should boot the OS with no problem. It is supposed to
be able to boot many different OS across different filesystems
Did GRUB from an earlier version of Red Hat or other distributions successfully
boot a reiserfs fs?
I've never had troubles booting previous versions of RH (since 7.3) from a
Installed to the MBR or the boot record of /boot?
And I just did an install to an all reiserfs system and was able to boot with
grub fine (grub installed to the mbr)
I installed it on the first sector of /boot
Hrmm, and I've done this now and had it work as well. Did this still happen
with test3? If so, is it a large filesystem?
Does GRUB require notails with reiserfs?
I'm using FC test 3 with ReiserFS. I installed fresh on a new laptop
(as the only OS), initially ext3 because there was no option for
reiserfs (though I now know about the install boot option - never seen
it documented though).
Anyhow, I then converted the whole system over to ReiserFS by creating
a new partition and copying everything. Only thing I had to do was
mkinitrd to get the reiserfs module at boot time. My machine now is
pure ReiserFS and has been for a couple of weeks. Grub has always
Not saying there isn't a bug, just that it's more specific than just
using Reiser. I'm now fully updated to rawhide and all still fine.
Oh, and I don't use notails, so doubt that is it. (That is to say, I
do have tails packed, the default.)