Bug 159080 - Grub installed to MBR instead of first sector of boot partition
Grub installed to MBR instead of first sector of boot partition
Status: CLOSED RAWHIDE
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
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i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Anaconda Maintenance Team
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2005-05-28 20:43 EDT by Gary Bartlett
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-05-28 22:49:06 EDT
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Description Gary Bartlett 2005-05-28 20:43:50 EDT
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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
  P1:  NTFS
  P2:  NTFS
  P3:  -
  P4:  -

disk 2 (hdb):
  MBR: (was empty, but now contains grub)
  P1:  NTFS
  P2:  ext3      /boot       (boot sector empty, was expecting grub to be installed here)
  P3:  LVM PV    VolGroup00
  P4:  Extended

Luckily my disk 2 MBR didn't contain any loader I wanted to lose.


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How reproducible:
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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.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2005-05-28 22:49:06 EDT
This is fixed for the FC4 release.

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