Bug 49860 - installation of grub boot loader onto partition doesn't mark partition active
Summary: installation of grub boot loader onto partition doesn't mark partition active
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda   
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Version: 7.3
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Jeremy Katz
QA Contact: Brock Organ
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Reported: 2001-07-24 17:27 UTC by Chris Ricker
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:35 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-07-25 16:16:23 UTC
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Description Chris Ricker 2001-07-24 17:27:39 UTC
text or gui install, updates 07192001

using either install method, I told anaconda to install grub onto /dev/hda2
 on a machine where hda1 was the bootable partition.  anaconda installed
grub onto hda2 but didn't also make hda2 bootable, so the grub install
never came up.

Boot loader installation should at least check that the partition is
active, and warn if it is not, when installing to a partition.

Comment 1 Glen Foster 2001-07-24 20:28:02 UTC
Anaconda folks, does this represent a regression (w.r.t. the past behavior of
lilo)?  If so, please let me know so I can mark this bug as should- or must-fix.

Comment 2 Brent Fox 2001-07-24 23:54:12 UTC
Yes, I've seen this behavior on Tammy's test machine.  This should be a must-fix.

Comment 3 Chris Ricker 2001-07-25 05:43:06 UTC
The bug's actually even worse than I thought.  Here's my setup:

/dev/hda1 -- win2k (active partition)
/dev/hda2 -- /

grub is installed in /dev/hda2.  After installing Fairfax, I manually make
/dev/hda2 the active partition.  At that point, boots get me to the grub menu
like I should.

Now I boot linux.  When I power off and boot back up, I still get grub.

Now I boot win2k.  When I power off and boot back up, I go straight into win2k.
 I never get the grub bootloader.

lilo never had these issues when installed on /dev/hda2 on this same machine.

Comment 4 Michael Fulbright 2001-07-25 16:16:17 UTC
Seems like a similar issue has already been addressed. Does this ring a bell Jeremy?

Comment 5 Matt Wilson 2001-07-26 16:11:56 UTC
this is already fixed in beta3

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