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Old 02-12-2010, 12:28 PM   #1
jenaniston
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grub rescue> stuck . . . is grub2 only a Debian problem?


getting a dreaded
Code:
grub rescue>
when tried Ubuntu 9.10 and Xubuntu 9.10 installs . . .

while where to go to get the boot to the menu.lst from grub rescue> is being worked on . . . (insmod command ?)

my question is about the installer with Ubuntu 9.10 variants -
are other distros hiding what grub2 is up to as well ?

some new linux users might just be walking . . . no, running back to Windows 7 if they get much of this.
 
Old 02-12-2010, 01:07 PM   #2
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grub2 (1.97) is a PITA, and takes time getting used to.
A bit like KDE4, I am sure it will be good, but right now, I hate it.

You only need grub2 if you are booting an ext4 filesystem. I am happily booting 9.10 with grub "legacy"

So, you can revert to ext3 and then install good ol' grub "legacy".

Or, you can try to get to grips with grub2......

There's a lot of useful grub2 information here: http://members.iinet.net/~herman546/p20.html

[Edit]: Do you realise you are in the Debian forum?
I think grub2 is just used by the 'buntus, which are NOT Debian!
[/Edit]

Last edited by tredegar; 02-12-2010 at 01:10 PM.
 
Old 02-12-2010, 01:39 PM   #3
craigevil
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grub2 is in testing and in sid. works just fine here but my system is simple, no dual boot, just debian unstable installed.

craig@craigevil:~$ apt-cache policy grub-pc
grub-pc:
Installed: 1.98~20100128-1.1
Candidate: 1.98~20100128-1.1
Version table:
*** 1.98~20100128-1.1 0
990 http://ftp.debian.org sid/main Packages
100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
craig@craigevil:~$ apt-cache policy grub-common
grub-common:
Installed: 1.98~20100128-1.1
Candidate: 1.98~20100128-1.1
Version table:
*** 1.98~20100128-1.1 0
990 http://ftp.debian.org sid/main Packages
100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Code:
### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
menuentry "Debian GNU/Linux, with Linux 2.6.32-trunk-686" {
	set gfxpayload=keep
	insmod ext2
	set root=(hd0,2)
	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de
	echo	Loading Linux 2.6.32-trunk-686 ...
	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-trunk-686 root=UUID=5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de ro  quiet
	echo	Loading initial ramdisk ...
	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-trunk-686
}
menuentry "Debian GNU/Linux, with Linux 2.6.32-trunk-686 (recovery mode)" {
	set gfxpayload=keep
	insmod ext2
	set root=(hd0,2)
	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de
	echo	Loading Linux 2.6.32-trunk-686 ...
	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-trunk-686 root=UUID=5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de ro single 
	echo	Loading initial ramdisk ...
	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-trunk-686
}
menuentry "Debian GNU/Linux, with Linux 2.6.32-8.dmz.4-liquorix-686" {
	set gfxpayload=keep
	insmod ext2
	set root=(hd0,2)
	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de
	echo	Loading Linux 2.6.32-8.dmz.4-liquorix-686 ...
	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-8.dmz.4-liquorix-686 root=UUID=5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de ro  quiet
	echo	Loading initial ramdisk ...
	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-8.dmz.4-liquorix-686
}
menuentry "Debian GNU/Linux, with Linux 2.6.32-8.dmz.4-liquorix-686 (recovery mode)" {
	set gfxpayload=keep
	insmod ext2
	set root=(hd0,2)
	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de
	echo	Loading Linux 2.6.32-8.dmz.4-liquorix-686 ...
	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-8.dmz.4-liquorix-686 root=UUID=5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de ro single 
	echo	Loading initial ramdisk ...
	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-8.dmz.4-liquorix-686
}
menuentry "Debian GNU/Linux, with Linux 2.6.32-8.dmz.2-liquorix-686" {
	set gfxpayload=keep
	insmod ext2
	set root=(hd0,2)
	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de
	echo	Loading Linux 2.6.32-8.dmz.2-liquorix-686 ...
	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-8.dmz.2-liquorix-686 root=UUID=5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de ro  quiet
	echo	Loading initial ramdisk ...
	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-8.dmz.2-liquorix-686
}
menuentry "Debian GNU/Linux, with Linux 2.6.32-8.dmz.2-liquorix-686 (recovery mode)" {
	set gfxpayload=keep
	insmod ext2
	set root=(hd0,2)
	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de
	echo	Loading Linux 2.6.32-8.dmz.2-liquorix-686 ...
	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-8.dmz.2-liquorix-686 root=UUID=5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de ro single 
	echo	Loading initial ramdisk ...
	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-8.dmz.2-liquorix-686
}
menuentry "Debian GNU/Linux, with Linux 2.6.32-1-686" {
	set gfxpayload=keep
	insmod ext2
	set root=(hd0,2)
	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de
	echo	Loading Linux 2.6.32-1-686 ...
	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-1-686 root=UUID=5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de ro  quiet
	echo	Loading initial ramdisk ...
	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-1-686
}
menuentry "Debian GNU/Linux, with Linux 2.6.32-1-686 (recovery mode)" {
	set gfxpayload=keep
	insmod ext2
	set root=(hd0,2)
	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de
	echo	Loading Linux 2.6.32-1-686 ...
	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-1-686 root=UUID=5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de ro single 
	echo	Loading initial ramdisk ...
	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-1-686
}
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
	insmod ext2
	set root=(hd0,2)
	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de
	multiboot	/boot/memtest86+_multiboot.bin
}
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
	insmod ext2
	set root=(hd0,2)
	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 5603c42b-2d73-4b60-a954-ad232cf5c0de
	multiboot	/boot/memtest86+_multiboot.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
 
Old 02-12-2010, 09:33 PM   #4
jenaniston
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tredegar View Post
grub2 (1.97) is a PITA, and takes time getting used to.
A bit like KDE4, I am sure it will be good, but right now, I hate it.

You only need grub2 if you are booting an ext4 filesystem. I am happily booting 9.10 with grub "legacy"

So, you can revert to ext3 and then install good ol' grub "legacy".

Or, you can try to get to grips with grub2......

There's a lot of useful grub2 information here: http://members.iinet.net/~herman546/p20.html

[Edit]: Do you realise you are in the Debian forum?
I think grub2 is just used by the 'buntus, which are NOT Debian!
[/Edit]
"A bit like KDE4, I am sure it will be good, but right now, . . ."
a good way to put it.

All very good to know . . . especially about using ext3 /9.10 and 0.97 grub . . . but from
http://www.ubuntu.com/community/ubuntustory/Debian

Debian is "the rock upon which Ubuntu is built".

"Ubuntu and Debian are distinct but parallel and closely linked systems. The Ubuntu project seeks
to complement the Debian project in the following areas: . . ."

But I never did realize of any distinction being made . . .
and it hasn't seemed that very many do make the distinction either, between the 'buntus and Debian -
- my bad.
 
Old 02-13-2010, 05:39 AM   #5
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Grub2 works well for me for several months...
 
  


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