Bug 986345 - grub no boot - symbol 'grub_term_highlight_color' not found - FIXED
grub no boot - symbol 'grub_term_highlight_color' not found - FIXED
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: grub2 (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
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Reported: 2013-07-19 09:27 EDT by Bob Gustafson
Modified: 2015-02-17 11:15 EST (History)
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Description Bob Gustafson 2013-07-19 09:27:02 EDT
Description of problem:

Two days ago, I did a 'yum update' and among other things, a new kernel was installed. I think the new version is 3.9.9-302.fc19

When I attempted to reboot after the kernel update, I see:

GRUB loading

error: symbol 'grub_term_highlight_color' not found.
Entering rescue mode...
grub rescue> help
Unknown command 'help'


When I do a 'grub2-install /dev/sda' from the install DVD (rescue mode), it seems to re-install the broken grub and I get the same error (above) when I again attempt to reboot.

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

I cannot boot the affected system, but I think the grub2 version is 2.0.0-rc1

How reproducible:

Every attempt to boot comes back with same error - even though grub has been 'reinstalled' several times. /sbin/grub2-install /dev/sda completes with no error.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install update using 'yum update' including kernel 3.9.9-302.fc19.x86_64
2. Attempt to do a cold boot
3. Observe error: symbol 'grub_term_highlight_color' not found

Actual results:

  As above

Expected results:

  Normal boot into Fedora 19

Additional info:

I have screen photos which might possibly provide more information, but I think the

  error: symbol 'grub_term_highlight_color' not found

says it all.
Comment 1 Bob Gustafson 2013-07-19 12:51:23 EDT
On a system without the update:

I thought this was going to show more, but..

[root@hoho0 grub2]# pwd
[root@hoho0 grub2]# grep -rn grub_term_highlight_color * | sed -e "s/\(B[^e]*e \)\([^ ]*\)\(.*\)/\2/" | xargs -i ls -lt {}

-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  11480 Jul  7 05:54 i386-pc/terminfo.mod
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 114052 Jul  7 05:54 i386-pc/normal.mod
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  28964 Jul  7 05:54 i386-pc/kernel.img
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  12076 Jul  7 05:54 i386-pc/gfxterm.mod
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root   2152 Jul  7 05:54 i386-pc/vga_text.mod
[root@hoho0 grub2]# 

On the system WITH the update (doing it with install DVD in rescue mode)
(hand typed from photograph)

bash-4.2# pwd
bash4-2# grep -rn grub_term_highlight_color * | sed -e "s/\(B[^e]*e \)\([^ ]*\)\(.*\)/\2/" | xargs -i ls -lt {}

-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  12076 Jul 18 21:29 i386-pc/gfxterm.mod
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  28964 Jul 18 21:29 i386-pc/kernel.img
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root   2152 Jul 18 21:29 i386-pc/vga_text.mod
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 114052 Jul 18 21:29 i386-pc/normal.mod
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  11480 Jul 18 21:29 i386-pc/terminfo.mod

The dates and times probably correspond to the last time it was installed by:
  /sbin/grub2-install /dev/sda
Comment 2 Bob Gustafson 2013-07-19 14:14:09 EDT
OK fixed.

I rebooted with the F19 Install DVD and did again the following steps:

chroot /mnt/sysimage

But, instead of doing just the 'grub2-install /dev/sda', I did:

  grub2-install --recheck /dev/sda

(Also, since it is running on a software raid, I also did the same for the /dev/sdb disk - as I had done previously)

Previously when I had done 'grub2-install --recheck /dev/sda' it came back with an error. I thought the error was related to the grub_term_highlight_color original problem.

This time both runs of grub2-install --recheck /dev/sd[ab] returned with success indications.

Afterwards, on next boot it required a selinux relabel operation. Then it rebooted again (scary..), but now is running successfully.

I don't know what really triggered the whole affair - perhaps the hot weather here..
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