Bug 1643802 - GRUB fails to boot on EFI after upgrade from F27 to F29
Summary: GRUB fails to boot on EFI after upgrade from F27 to F29
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: grub2
Version: 29
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Jones
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2018-10-28 23:35 UTC by Daniel Miranda
Modified: 2019-11-27 21:24 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2019-11-27 21:24:28 UTC
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Description Daniel Miranda 2018-10-28 23:35:30 UTC
Description of problem:

Activating a boot entry fails with the following error message:

error: ../../grub-core/kernel/dl.c:431:symbol 'grub_efi_allocate_pages' not found.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

GRUB 2.03 (it's the only version info I can gather from the GRUB prompt)

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:

Try to boot and choose any boot entry.

Actual results:

System is unusable after upgrade.

Expected results:

System is usable after upgrade.

Comment 1 Yves L'ECUYER 2018-11-12 22:39:56 UTC
On my HP Elitebook 8740w I get the same behavior !
The secure boot on this PC is Not available, because UEFI monitor implementation is too week, so the EFI boot process pass by the fallback prog.:
and  On the grubmenu chooser, whatever Linux entry of my multiboot PC I choose,  I get a grub error:
- - - - - - -
 error ../../grub-core/kern/dl.c:431:symbol  'grub_efi_allocate_pages' not found.
  press any key to continue
- - - - - -

Only the chain entry toward windows is working !

So IT IS a severe bug !

Comment 2 Yves L'ECUYER 2018-11-12 23:53:19 UTC
I did not reproduce this boot so simply !!
So now I need to pass first by navigation in EFI file system, and chose
to arrive on grub menu .

Comment 3 Yves L'ECUYER 2018-11-14 20:00:41 UTC

First :
=====To get each time the grubmenu when you have an old buggy UEFI monitor, see explanation in bug :1512410
comment 59. No more fedora 26 efi component needed

Second :
Once arrived on grubmenu, and you get the problem signalled in this bug report by Daniel MIRANDA, the buggy part is:
 the programm EFI/fedora/grubx64.efi itself 
coming from package grub2-efi-x64-2.02-62.fc29.x86_64

SO Get the programm /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grubx64.efi 
from Fedora 28 package
grub2-efi-x64-2.02-38.fc28.x86_64.rpm, and just put it in place of EFI/fedora/grubx64.efi provided by Fedora29 standard repos.

Don't make a 
# dnf downgrade grub2-efi-x64-2.02-38.fc28.x86_64.rpm
or the next time you'll made a global update the good programm will be erased by bad one, unless since then, grub2-efi-x64 for Fedora 29 has been corrected !!!!

(once grub2-efi-x64-2.02-38.fc28.x86_64.rpm,has been downloaded from any fedora 28 repos) :
#  cd  /root  (or any other neutral place !)
# rpm2cpio grub2-efi-x64-2.02-38.fc28.x86_64.rpm \
      > grub2-efi-x64-2.02-38.fc28.x86_64.cpio
# cpio -iumdv < grub2-efi-x64-2.02-38.fc28.x86_64.cpio
And then you have it in ./boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grubx64.efi
keep warm your bad prog !!!!:
# mv /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grubx64.efi /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grubx64.efi.f29
and put the good one viewable in  /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/:

Always from the directory where you extracted the cpio (/root in this example):
# cp ./boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grubx64.efi /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grubx64.efi.f28

And then:
# cd /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/
# cp grubx64.efi.f28 grubx64.efi
So that you will have always the good programm grubx64.efi.f28, quite in place if ever an update  scratches grubx64.efi !

AND possibly if you had previously an endless booting loop, and you didn't care about secure EFI boot, because anyway, your UEFI monitor is unable to do so:
# cp grubx64.efi.f28 /boot/efi/EFI/BOOT/BOOTX64.EFI

Comment 4 Marco Cè 2018-11-27 17:06:25 UTC
I experience the same issue since I upgraded from F28 to F29.

I noticed that if a manually change the grub commands
  linuxefi -> linux, 
  initrdefi -> initrd,
I am able to boot.

If I update manually grub.cfg with
  grub2-mkconfig -o /etc/grub2-efi.cfg
where /etc/grub2-efi.cfg is a link to /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grub.cfg, working grub entries with linux and initrd (without -efi suffix) are generated for all installed kernels. I can verify that looking into /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grub.cfg.
If I reboot, everything works correctly.

However, when a new kernel is installed by the package manager, an entry with linuxefi and initrdefi is added to /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grub.cfg, and that fails at the next boot, so there is still a bug.

Comment 5 Ben Cotton 2019-10-31 19:50:10 UTC
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Fedora will stop maintaining and issuing updates for Fedora 29 on 2019-11-26.
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Comment 6 Ben Cotton 2019-11-27 21:24:28 UTC
Fedora 29 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2019-11-26. Fedora 29 is
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