Bug 1577631 - systemd-boot (gummiboot) not supported anymore???
Summary: systemd-boot (gummiboot) not supported anymore???
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: grub2
Version: 28
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Orphan Owner
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-05-13 16:06 UTC by Frank Ansari
Modified: 2019-05-28 20:42 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2019-05-28 20:42:21 UTC
Type: Bug

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write-boot-config.sh (827 bytes, text/plain)
2018-05-13 16:07 UTC, Frank Ansari
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Description Frank Ansari 2018-05-13 16:06:41 UTC
Description of problem:
After each new kernel installation the folder /boot/$(cat /etc/machine-id) is removed and the system unable to start.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
The component I used here is not the correct one I guess but I did not know which one to choose. This is more or less a general question regarding the boot process on a Fedora system.

How reproducible:
dnf upgrade 
When a new kernel is available.

Steps to Reproduce:

Actual results:
Folder /boot/$(cat /etc/machine-id) is removed.
This results in a system which is not bootable anymore and has to be recovered by USB boot.

Expected results:
Folder stays in /boot.

Additional info:
So far I used gummiboot together with the preloader of James Bottomley.


This solutions works for "secure boot" on EFI systems.

As attachment I add a script which I currently use as workaround.

Comment 1 Frank Ansari 2018-05-13 16:07:32 UTC
Created attachment 1435734 [details]

current workaround

Comment 2 Frank Ansari 2018-05-13 16:11:12 UTC
This behaviour started with Fedora 28. I never had this before.

Comment 3 Frank Ansari 2018-05-13 16:12:46 UTC
This script is only a workaround because it has to be run after each kernel update. If I forget to run it I have to recover my system by USB stick.

Comment 4 Frank Ansari 2018-06-16 12:58:51 UTC

I found the issue. It is this file:



dnf erase grub2-common

Without grub the system does not remove the folder /boot/<machine-id> when installing a new kernel.

On a UEFI system you don't need grub.

Comment 5 Javier Martinez Canillas 2018-06-18 13:03:37 UTC
(In reply to Frank Ansari from comment #4)
> Solution:
> dnf erase grub2-common
> Without grub the system does not remove the folder /boot/<machine-id> when
> installing a new kernel.

Yes, if sd-boot is used then grub2 has to be uninstalled.

Comment 6 Frank Ansari 2018-06-19 17:39:05 UTC
Seems like this. But until Fedora 27 it did not behave this way and I cannot remember that I did a grub installation before upgrading. So I think grub was installed all the time.

The problem is that after upgrading from Fedora 27 to 28 your system will not start anymore but you have to boot from USB and repair it.

I have no idea why this change was made but at least I wanted to report it.

Comment 7 Ben Cotton 2019-05-02 21:33:26 UTC
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Comment 8 Ben Cotton 2019-05-28 20:42:21 UTC
Fedora 28 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2019-05-28. Fedora 28 is
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