Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 159080
Grub installed to MBR instead of first sector of boot partition
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:06 EST
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.7) Gecko/20050504 Fedora/1.0.3-4 Firefox/1.0.3
Description of problem:
During installation I requested that the grub loader be installed to the 'First sector of boot partition' and not the 'Master Boot Record'. My boot partition was configured as hdb2. After installation, whilst trying to save the boot loader to a file, I noticed that the disk 2 partition 2 boot sector was empty. I found the grub loader installed in my disk 2 MBR instead.
For reference, my disks are:
disk 1 (hda):
MBR: Windows XP Loader
disk 2 (hdb):
MBR: (was empty, but now contains grub)
P2: ext3 /boot (boot sector empty, was expecting grub to be installed here)
P3: LVM PV VolGroup00
Luckily my disk 2 MBR didn't contain any loader I wanted to lose.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
In the 'Advanced Boot Loader Configuration' dialog, request that the grub loader be installed to the 'First sector of boot partition' and not the 'Master Boot Record'.
Actual Results: Grub boot loader was installed to the MBR of my second disk.
Expected Results: It should've been installed to the boot sector of the linux boot partition (hdb2) as documented.
This is fixed for the FC4 release.