ahhh - so that's the 'raisin in the pudding' ... oh well, I'll give it a try and see if I can get the sucker to compile. I know archlinux has a x86_64-version of grub but I haven't dug properly into it yet (possible patches etc). I'll let yall know what happens ...
oooops - the arch-version uses multilib *sigh* - so _not_ a true 64-bit version - dammit!
[yae] (yet another edit)
just thinking out loud, but ... obviously (at least to me) it has to be statically linked (it's a bootloader!!), which _should_ mean I can beg/steal/borrow the arch-version - he, he, he. (running off to try said possibility)
fyi - the patchset seems to be somewhat different, but that could be just packaging ... anyway - here it is: