Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 794931
kernel update writes grub.conf unbootable
Last modified: 2013-02-13 16:16:03 EST
Description of problem: Latest F16 kernel upgrade, on a system running Grub legacy, automatically wrote new grub.conf lines for new kernel with 'boot' command incorrectly preceding 'initrd' command.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): Latest kernel release
How reproducible: Update kernel on a system using Grub legacy
Steps to Reproduce:
Actual results: Grub does not boot system because commands in wrong order
Expected results: Grub should boot system
grubby updates grub.conf/grub.cfg
Please attach your grub.conf
Created attachment 564516 [details]
Latest kernel update grub.conf
This is the most recent update; grub.conf is incorrect as with the previous update.
That is very odd. boot doesn't belong there at all. It should look something like this:
title Fedora (188.8.131.52-2.fc15.i686.PAE)
kernel /vmlinuz-184.108.40.206-2.fc15.i686.PAE ro root=UUID=39e8b140-7e98-4854-a487-b14cdec0096e rd_MD_UUID=d2837937:546d2c82:0bacdb1d:b22012e4 rd_NO_LUKS rd_NO_LVM rd_NO_DM LANG=en_US.UTF-8 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 KEYTABLE=us
boot is usually in the comment section, not an active command. Did you edit this yourself? I would guess that a previous boot entry got scrambled and grubby is just copying it when it tries to update (it uses the previous entry as a template for creating a new one).
Yes I had to create this myself after doing preupgrade from Fedora 14, because my old grub.conf was wrecked by the preupgrade and not updated to a bootable system--possibly a result of a failed update to grub2. I just used the manual grub commands and put them into the menu.lst to be able to boot my new kernel, providing the entry for what you now see as title "Fedora 16". I have had two kernel updates since then, and both times the boot command is written in the wrong order in grub.conf. I guess I cannot rely on grubby for automatic update when I had to begin with a manually edited grub.conf.
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