Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 250326
efibootmgr uses lower case hex values which violates EFI spec
Last modified: 2010-10-22 13:04:27 EDT
Description of problem:
On my SandDune (Superdome/sx2000), I have a _lot_ of disks, a lot of networking
cards, and a lot of various Linux installs. I have 10 bootable entries, as follows:
[root@worm0 ~]# efibootmgr
Timeout: 10 seconds
Boot0000* EFI Shell
Boot0001* Gbit Boot NIC
Boot0002* USB Optical/DVD drive
Boot0003* 10GigE NIC Boot
Boot0004* RHEL5 Server
Boot0005* RHEL4u4 AS
Boot0006* SCSI Optical/DVD Drive
Boot0007* Smart Setup from USB/HDD
Boot0008* RHEL4.5 AS (snap#5)
Now the problem is that if I install a NEW copy of RHEL4.5 (snapshot 5), the
installer creates an entry named "Boot000a" (with a lower-case 'A'). If you
boot to RHEL5 and run "efibootmgr", it complains about the lower-case 'A' and
suggests the user fix that by changing the boot entry via EFI.
The problem with this: EFI doesn't recognize it. So, RHEL4.5 needs to ensure
that Hex-digits a-f are UPPER-CASE when it creates boot entries.
It appears this was fixed upstream and is already fixed in RHEL5. I will
provide a patch.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Created attachment 160355 [details]
patch taken directly from upstream efibootmgr
Exception request will be filed ASAP.
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