On Thu, 2013-04-25 at 15:40 +0100, Steve McIntyre wrote: > Hi folks, > > I opened #698914 a while back, concerned about the lack of support in > grub and os-prober for detecting Windows 8 on UEFI systems so that > working boot entries would be added automatically at installation > time. At the time, I did not consider the issue RC. However, > discussion yesterday with Wolodja Wentland suggests that this is > becoming a more common problem than I feared, and users are tripping > over this and asking for support on #debian and elsewhere. I'm > thinking that this bug should therefore be considered RC for the > Wheezy r0 release at this point. > > He pointed me at an existing set of patches from the folks at > openSUSE, which I've adapted very slightly and tested out: > > * Using an existing installation > * Using a locally-built CD to test the os-prober udeb > > and all works fine, fixing the bug nicely. I would like to upload (and > get unblocks for) new grub2 and os-prober packages - see debdiffs of > changes attached. The changes are quite small and targeted, only > affecting code paths for EFI systems. > > What do you think? I agree that this is RC; we must not break Windows installations when going to dual-boot and it is not safe to assume that UEFI systems have a usable firmware boot menu. [...] > --- os-prober-1.57/os-probes/mounted/x86/05efi 1970-01-01 01:00:00.000000000 +0100 > +++ os-prober-1.58/os-probes/mounted/x86/05efi 2013-04-25 15:30:14.000000000 +0100 > @@ -0,0 +1,70 @@ > +#!/bin/sh > +# Detects all Microsoft OSes on a collection of partitions. > + > +. /usr/share/os-prober/common.sh > + > +partition="$1" > +mpoint="$2" > +type="$3" > + > +# This file is for UEFI platform only > +if [ ! -d /sys/firmware/efi ]; then > + debug "Not on UEFI platform" > + exit 1 > +fi [...] This directory only exists if efivars is loaded. I assume that SUSE configures it as built-in, and our kernel package has a patch to trigger autoloading of efivars on systems with EFI. But for the benefit of people using custom kernel packages, can you check that update-grub will modprobe efivars *before* running os-prober? Alternately, could update-grub explicitly tell os-prober to look for EFI boot loaders if grub-efi is installed? (Really, I think grub-efi ought to pull the boot entries from EFI variables at boot time and append them to the menu. But that's a rather large chunk of work.) Ben. -- Ben Hutchings Klipstein's 4th Law of Prototyping and Production: A fail-safe circuit will destroy others.
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