Bug 1248799 - RFE: default backup of MBR, grub.cfg, EFI settings when modified
RFE: default backup of MBR, grub.cfg, EFI settings when modified
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: grub2 (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2015-07-30 16:59 EDT by John Reiser
Modified: 2016-07-19 13:17 EDT (History)
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Description John Reiser 2015-07-30 16:59:55 EDT
Description of problem: Please enhance grub2 to create a backup whenever it modifies the MasterBootRecord (MBR), the grub configuration file (grub.cfg, etc.), or the EFI settings.  Backing up by default would be a large improvement in Usability and Reliability.  I've had two grub installs fail just this week, and having backups by default would have been much more pleasant.

For instance; a file for the old MBR, a file for a copy of the old grub configuration, a file for the shell script which would re-create the old EFI settings.  Put the files in the same directory as the configuration file grub.cfg, and use a filename which contains a representation of the time of modification.  Possible examples:
     sda1-1434005789.mbr   # epoch date in seconds

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How reproducible: every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install Fedora.

Actual results: MBR, grub.cfg, and/or EFI variables are written without keeping a backup.

Expected results: Old MBR, grub.cfg, and/or EFI variables are saved into backup files whoe name contains a representation of the date pf modification.

Additional info:  Sometimes I forget to make backups by hand in advance.  Also, it would be very convenient for the backup files to reside in the _new_ system being installed.  Doing this by hand takes an extra step.
Comment 1 Fedora End Of Life 2016-07-19 13:17:05 EDT
Fedora 22 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2016-07-19. Fedora 22 is
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further
security or bug fix updates. As a result we are closing this bug.

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