[LFS Trac] #2161: Grub is incompatible with 256-byte inodes on ext3

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Sun Mar 16 02:06:31 PDT 2008

#2161: Grub is incompatible with 256-byte inodes on ext3
 Reporter:  alexander at linuxfromscratch.org  |       Owner:  lfs-book at linuxfromscratch.org
     Type:  task                            |      Status:  new                          
 Priority:  highest                         |   Milestone:  7.0                          
Component:  Book                            |     Version:  SVN                          
 Severity:  blocker                         |    Keywords:                               
 This is a duplicate of http://bugs.debian.org/463123

 When starting LFS-6.3 build from a very new system (that has the latest
 e2fsprogs that make 265-byte inodes by default with mke2fs--I think that
 LFS SVN does expose the issue), one will not be able to install GRUB as a
 boot loader. The log is:

 grub> root (hd0,0)
  Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83

 grub> setup (hd0)
  Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... no
  Checking if "/grub/stage1" exists... no

 Error 2: Bad file or directory type.

 There is a patch for GRUB to add such support: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-

 This patch should be mentioned on the errata page for LFS-6.3. However, in
 order to avoid such bugs in the future, I would prefer for LFS-7.0 to
 switch to LILO that defers all filesystem operations to the kernel and
 thus is guaranteed to work with all future versions of

Ticket URL: <http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/ticket/2161>
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