Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 206146
multiple lines printed during GRUB countdown
Last modified: 2013-01-14 04:55:49 EST
Description of problem:
Just an cosmetic thing.
When using hiddenmenu, Grub prints multiple lines during countdown:
Booting ... in 5 seconds
Booting ... in 4 seconds
Booting ... in 3 seconds
and so on
The old (correct?) behaviour was to keep this on single line.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use hiddenmenu option in grub.conf (default)
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This doesn't happen for me... are you using a normal console?
*** Bug 210298 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
The installation was on VmWare ESX 3.0. The console was normal as ESX console
could be normal ;-)
Anyhow, I retested with RHEL5 beta 2 (on both real hardware and on ESX 3.0
virtual machine) and it seems that the issue is resolved. It counts on a single
line as it was supposed to do. I guess the problem was something with the page
layout (which changed between beta1 and beta2)?
Closing CURRENTRELEASE based on comment #5
Reopening this bug and changing the title to match the problem better. I have described this issue in bugzilla #617155 for RHEL 6 but I've been able to reproduce the same issue in RHEL 5. Here is the same text I posted in the other bug:
The problem occurs here whenever you have a grub title entry that is longer than the amount of text that can fit on a single line.
So, while this fits on a single line:
title Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (2.6.18-164.el5)
This, does not:
title Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (2.6.18-164.15.1.el5.i686)
Whenever you have this much text, the line word-wraps and causes the next line
to be drawn below the original line instead of overwriting it. This causes the
Booting Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (<kernel_version>) in 5...
Booting Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (<kernel_version>) in 4...
Booting Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (<kernel_version>) in 3...
Booting Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (<kernel_version>) in 2...
Booting Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (<kernel_version>) in 1...
The cause of the problem is the same as in bug you mentioned - too long string provided to grub by other component.
So I think the result is the same - CANTFIX.