Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Apr 2010 23:01 UTC
Linux The tools used to boot Linux are changing. Specifically, the Grand Unified Bootloader is now officially in maintenance mode only, and GRUB's developers have abandoned the original GRUB in favor of an entirely rewritten package, known as GRUB 2. Discover GRUB 2's new capabilities and how to use it.
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by fretinator on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 00:20 UTC
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I do not like Grub2. I had few problems with grub, but Grub2 has been very unstable for me. 3 different Grub2 problems bit me on 1 laptop

1. By default, it would detect drives by UUID, and bomb when it couldn't find the drive (even though the UUID was correct). This is a known issue. I had to turn the UUID feature off.

2. There was a line with a "search...." statement in it. This also caused a problem, so I had to figure out how to get rid of it.

3. There was some line at the beginning that had to do with recordfail. I had an unclean shutdown, that I guess caused some file it was looking for to not exist - again a fail to boot. I had to edit some file in /usr/lib/ to get this to go away.

The bottom line is Grub 2 had configuration files spread out all over the place that you must edit if you have trouble. You can't just edit grub.cfg, as it will be regenerated with kernel updates. You have to find the right files to edit that are used as source when grub.cfg get recreated.

I don't think it is stable enough yet to be abandoning the grub line, but that seems to be just they way it goes in the Linux world. Maybe I'll have to go back to Lilo!!

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