Bug 83512 - kernel update failure message (grubby: no template)
Summary: kernel update failure message (grubby: no template)
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Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mkinitrd
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
medium
low
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jeremy Katz
QA Contact: David Lawrence
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Blocks:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
 
Reported: 2003-02-05 03:04 UTC by bill parducci
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:50 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-06-11 03:50:55 UTC


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Description bill parducci 2003-02-05 03:04:31 UTC
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Description of problem:
attempted to update kernel using up2date and it gave the following message:

grubby fatal error: unable to find a suitable template


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


How reproducible:
Didn't try

Steps to Reproduce:
1. up2date -u
2.
3.
    

Actual Results:  
# up2date -u
Fetching package list for channel: redhat-linux-i386-8.0...
Fetching Obsoletes list for channel: redhat-linux-i386-8.0...
Fetching rpm headers...
Testing package set / solving RPM inter-dependencies...
kernel-2.4.18-24.8.0.i686.r ########################## Done.
Preparing ########################################### [100%]
Installing...
   1:kernel ########################################### [100%]
grubby fatal error: unable to find a suitable template

...however, rpm db is updated:

# rpm -qa |grep kernel
kernel-pcmcia-cs-3.1.31-9
kernel-2.4.18-19.8.0
kernel-2.4.18-24.8.0 <+++++++
kernel-2.4.18-14

...grub.conf is updated:

# cat /etc/grub.conf
default=0
timeout=10
splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-24.8.0)
        root (hd0,0)
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-24.8.0 ro root=LABEL=/tmp
        initrd /initrd-2.4.18-24.8.0.img
[...]

...the files are where they should be:

# ls -al /boot/*2.4.18-24.8.0*
42257 Jan 31 04:05 /boot/config-2.4.18-24.8.0
258856 Feb  4 17:54 /boot/initrd-2.4.18-24.8.0.img
15436 Jan 31 04:05 /boot/module-info-2.4.18-24.8.0
503847 Jan 31 04:05 /boot/System.map-2.4.18-24.8.0
3171861 Jan 31 04:05 /boot/vmlinux-2.4.18-24.8.0
1112073 Jan 31 04:05 /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.18-24.8.0

...and finally, the machine seems to boot just fine.

Expected Results:  no fatal messages

Additional info:

either this is an erroneus error or grubby going fatal isn't a big deal :oP

Comment 1 Arjan van de Ven 2003-02-05 09:11:46 UTC
grubby is part of mkinitrd... changing component

Comment 2 Jeremy Katz 2003-02-19 07:02:54 UTC
Can you attach your complete /boot/grub/grub.conf?   up2date has some older code
that does the updating so it usually ends up working even if grubby breaks

Comment 3 bill parducci 2003-02-19 14:31:42 UTC
here is /boot/grub/grub.conf as it stands today:

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
#
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE:  You have a /boot partition.  This means that
#          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
#          root (hd0,0)
#          kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda3
#          initrd /initrd-version.img
#boot=/dev/hda
default=0
timeout=10
splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-24.8.0)
        root (hd0,0)
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-24.8.0 ro root=LABEL=/tmp
        initrd /initrd-2.4.18-24.8.0.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-19.8.0)
        root (hd0,0)
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-19.8.0 ro root=LABEL=/tmp
        initrd /initrd-2.4.18-19.8.0.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-14)
        root (hd0,0)
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=LABEL=/tmp
        initrd /initrd-2.4.18-14.img

Comment 4 David Winter 2003-03-03 05:24:01 UTC
line #662 of grubby.c will cause it to fail if the default entry in lilo.conf
lacks a root= directive.  This line should probably be removed.

Comment 5 Jeremy Katz 2003-03-20 17:46:47 UTC
Reassigning

Comment 6 Stephen E Clark 2003-05-21 12:50:05 UTC
I was having the same problem. I discovered that besides my /boot/grub.conf file
I also had a /etc/lilo.conf file. Grubby was trying to update both of them even
though I had quit using lilo. It was successfully updating the /boot/grub.conf
file but was unable to find a suitable template in the /etc/lilo.conf file and
thus exiting with an error return.

Comment 7 Bob Nelson 2003-06-04 03:12:59 UTC
Here's a patch to correct the problem as referenced by David Winter on
2003-03-03 00:24. The problem is readily replicated by using a LABEL for the
root device instead of an explicit "root=/dev/..." key/value pair in lilo.conf.



*** grubby.c-old    2003-06-03 22:05:17.000000000 -0500
--- grubby.c    2003-06-03 22:10:09.000000000 -0500
***************
*** 659,665 ****
--- 659,671 ----
    line = entry->lines;
    while (line && line->type != LT_ROOT) line = line->next;

+ + #ifdef WANT_GRUBBY_FAILURE_BEFORE_TRYING_LT_KERNELARGS
+   /*
+    * 3 JUN 2003: [nelsonbe@earthlink.net] - ifdef corrects premature
+    * return before evaluation and possible ``else'' decision.
+    */
    if (!line) return 0;
+ + #endif

    if (line && line->numElements >= 2)
        dev = line->elements[1].item;


Comment 8 Jeremy Katz 2003-06-11 03:50:55 UTC
This is fixed with newer versions of mkinitrd


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