Bug 1285082 - grubby: incorrect handling of separator in grub set variable value
grubby: incorrect handling of separator in grub set variable value
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: grubby (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2015-11-24 15:42 EST by rhbug
Modified: 2016-07-19 15:22 EDT (History)
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Description rhbug 2015-11-24 15:42:34 EST
Description of problem:

In /etc/sysconfig/grub I have:


Which is probably incorrect but it leads to some interesting behaviour:

grub2-mkconfig adds this line to menu entries:

        set gfxpayload=vga=normal

then when grubby runs it changes it to 

        set gfxpayload=vga=normal=normal=normal.. and so on

repeating '=normal' 26795 times resulting a 187585 characters long line. The rest of the file looks fine.

When trying to boot with this config, grub prints an error message and immediately reboots, without any possibility to recover.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Make sure you have some way to revert your grub.cfg without needing the grub you are trying this on
2. Add "set gfxpayload=vga=normal" (without the quotes) to one of your menuentry sections
3. Install or remove a kernel using dnf

Actual results:

The resulting grub.conf contains a long line of repeated '=normal'.
Inability to boot or even get to grub command line.

Expected results:

No long lines of repeated '=normal'.
Booting just fine.

Additional info:

This bug was already present in f21.
Comment 1 Fedora End Of Life 2016-07-19 15:22:47 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no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further
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