Bug 508189 - "/sbin/grub-install /dev/cciss/c0d0" results in unbootable system
"/sbin/grub-install /dev/cciss/c0d0" results in unbootable system
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: grub (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2009-06-25 19:19 EDT by Ben Webb
Modified: 2010-06-28 09:18 EDT (History)
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Description Ben Webb 2009-06-25 19:19:17 EDT
Description of problem:
If I run
/sbin/grub-install /dev/cciss/c0d0
to install GRUB, it complains

expr: non-numeric argument

and if I then reboot, the system hangs, displaying only "GRUB".

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. /sbin/grub-install /dev/cciss/c0d0
Actual results:
I get the following output:
# /sbin/grub-install /dev/cciss/c0d0
expr: non-numeric argument
Installation finished. No error reported.
This is the contents of the device map /boot/grub/device.map.
Check if this is correct or not. If any of the lines is incorrect,
fix it and re-run the script `grub-install'.

# this device map was generated by anaconda
(hd0)     /dev/cciss/c0d0

If I reboot, the system prints simply "GRUB" and hangs.

Expected results:
Bootable system.

Additional info:
The OS is installed on an HP Smart Array Controller, device /dev/cciss/c0d0 and the following partitions:
/dev/cciss/c0d0p1      3020140    301340   2565384  11% /
/dev/cciss/c0d0p3     12096756    721628  10760644   7% /usr
/dev/cciss/c0d0p2     12096756    531176  10951096   5% /var

The problem is in the script's attempt to break up the device name into a disk and partition, for use by GRUB. (If I run instead /sbin/grub-install '(hd0)' everything works fine.) The regular expression to populate $tmp_part does not match (line 120 in my copy) so $tmp_part ends up as "/dev/cciss/c0d0" rather than "". Obviously that is an invalid partition number, and so later on the script tries to install GRUB on (hd0,) rather than (hd0).

I can fix the problem by adding
         if echo $tmp_part | grep "^/dev" >/dev/null; then
immediately after the regular expression that populates $tmp_part, but this doesn't seem like the cleanest solution to me.
Comment 1 Raina Otoni 2009-09-09 10:09:24 EDT
I also reproduced this bug.
Same bug in RHEL is closed errata.
This patch should apply Fedora's grub package.

Fedora 11
grub version: grub-0.97-51.fc11.i586
RAID Controller: SmartArray E200

/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00 215G  6.2G  198G   4% /
/dev/cciss/c0d0p1     190M   28M  153M  16% /boot
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