Bug 478762 - Updating Fedora 10 causes GRUB to be marked as bootable if not before
Summary: Updating Fedora 10 causes GRUB to be marked as bootable if not before
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: grub
Version: 10
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Jones
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2009-01-04 18:21 UTC by Melissa
Modified: 2009-12-18 07:29 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-12-18 07:29:16 UTC
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Description Melissa 2009-01-04 18:21:46 UTC
Description of problem:
Running the Fedora updater on an installed Fedora 10 will cause the GRUB partition to be marked as bootable if GRUB was originally installed to the boot sector rather than the MBR and GRUB was not the boot partition.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora 10

How reproducible:
I have not tried to reproduce this, as it would require reinstalling.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora 10.  When asked to configure the boot loader, tell it to install GRUB to the boot sector rather than the MBR.
2. Install some other OS.  Set that OS to be the boot partition.
3. Boot Fedora 10 (for example, using a boot menu besides GRUB).
4. Run the updater.
Actual results:
The update sets GRUB as the bootable partition.

Expected results:
The update leaves the bootable flags alone.  Updates should not change the boot configuration.

Additional info:
I have a triple-booting Mac Pro among Leopard, Fedora 10 x86-64 and Vista SP1 x86-64.  Leopard is on /dev/sda; Fedora and Vista are on /dev/sdb.  Prior to the update, /dev/sdb1 was the boot partition for the second drive; the update set /dev/sdb2 as the boot partition.

My boot loader is rEFIt, an EFI-based replacement boot menu for x86 Macs.  It has MBRs and partitions' boot sectors as boot menu options; I used this to select Linux and the MBR to select Vista.

Following the update:

[myria@artemis Debug]$ sudo parted
[sudo] password for myria:
GNU Parted 1.8.8
Using /dev/sda
Welcome to GNU Parted! Type 'help' to view a list of commands.
(parted) print
Model: ATA WDC WD3200AAJS-4 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 320GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: gpt

Number  Start   End    Size    File system  Name                   Flags
 1      20.5kB  210MB  210MB   fat32        EFI system partition   boot
 2      210MB   303GB  302GB   hfs+         Customer
 3      303GB   320GB  17.2GB  fat32        DOS_FAT_32_Untitled_2

(parted) select /dev/sdb
Using /dev/sdb

(parted) print
Model: ATA WDC WD5000AAKS-4 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 500GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number  Start   End    Size   Type     File system  Flags
 1      1049kB  372GB  372GB  primary  ntfs
 2      372GB   372GB  206MB  primary  ext3         boot
 3      372GB   500GB  128GB  primary               lvm

Comment 1 Bill McGonigle 2009-05-25 02:39:17 UTC
I think I'm seeing this as well, on a Fedora 10 to Fedora 11 upgrade.  I have an extra bootable item showing in rEFIt.  Might this cause bug 444490?

Comment 2 Bug Zapper 2009-11-18 09:44:11 UTC
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Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2009-12-18 07:29:16 UTC
Fedora 10 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-12-17. Fedora 10 is 
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