Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 866561
complete version string is not available at boot time
Last modified: 2015-10-28 19:34:00 EDT
Description of problem: The complete version string is not available anywhere when grub2 is running at boot time. As demonstrated by Bug 866275, it is absolutely necessary to know the complete version string in order to deal with bugs. Currently the best available information is "GNU GRUB version 2.00" which is displayed in the banner immediately after a 'c' command. Instead, at least "2.00-9.fc18" must be discoverable. The best place to put this is in the title of the very first splash screen. Also, the command-line session should have a "version" command which gives the same information.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
How reproducible: every time
Steps to Reproduce:
2. type 'c' to get command-line session
Actual results: Splash screen does not show any version string at all. Banner of command-line session displays only "GNU GRUB version 2.00" which omits the "-9.fc18". Command-line session has no 'version' command.
Expected results: Complete version string such as "2.00-9.fc18" is displayed on very first splash screen, and in banner of command-line session, and when queried by 'version' command of command-line session.
There is 2-3 parts of this:
The boot loader version, as installed by grub2-install (or directly in grub2-efi)
The configuration file version, the grub2-mkconfig version that generated grub.cfg
Perhaps also the grubby versions that has been patching the config file.
Showing all of these in the menu header is probably too much information, so it would perhaps be better to not show any version information there.
It should do the same thing I had the old grub do, show the full rpm version.
(In reply to comment #2)
> It should do the same thing I had the old grub do, show the full rpm version.
dont see version info anywhere at all.
1) i like the comment#2 idea of full rpm version in title of selection menu screen and command prompt screen so its always easily available.
2) also like the extra info suggested by comment#2.
if the extra grub/config_file_version/grubby version information requested by comment#1 would crowd screen titlebar area then that could be part of the display by a version command in the command prompt.
Re: comment#4 "dont see version info anywhere at all"
swapped drive into another unit and the standard header showed up there
(also showed up when swapped drive back to original machine but only once)
so 'not at all' must be video driver issue.
still agree with rest of comment that need more descriptive info available.
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