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Bug#507399: marked as done (grub refuses to install on raid5 GPT/EFI system)

Your message dated Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:34:36 +0200
with message-id <20170227193436.lt6jbbovu6fpucbm@localhost>
and subject line Closing squeeze-only bugs
has caused the Debian Bug report #507399,
regarding grub refuses to install on raid5 GPT/EFI system
to be marked as done.

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Package: installation-reports

Boot method: CD
Image version: http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/4.0_r5/amd64/iso-cd/debian-40r5-amd64-netinst.iso
Date: 23/11/08

Machine: Dell poweredge 2950
Processor: Xeon quadcore
Memory: 4 GB
Partitions: 2.8 TB virtual disk from hardware raid: root 8 GB large, boot: 100 mb at the begin of the partition table

Output of lspci -knn (or lspci -nn):

not available (the system was re-configured)

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot:           [O]
Detect network card:    [O]
Configure network:      [O]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Clock/timezone setup:   [O]
User/password setup:    [O]
Install tasks:          [O]
Install boot loader:    [E]
Overall install:        [ ]


The system detects de 2.8 TB 'disk' (hardware raid5) and partitions it with GPT/EFI system. All the process goes OK, but at the step of installing grub, it refuses to install (as there is no MBR structure on the disk). Lilo installs OK, but out of the box it is unable to boot large kernels (like the amd-xen kernel image from etch). Several workarounds, as trying to use grub-efi from etch-backports was unsuccesful. At last, the only 'simple and safe' solution was to re- install in a raid vdisk smaller than 2 TB, avoiding the MBR disk size limit.

As the info I looked for, I understand that the problem is about grub, but the installer shouldn't allow to install root/boot partition on a disk larger than 2 TB, or at least, showing a warning about the grub problem.

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Dear submitter,

these bug are tagged squeeze without any wheezy/jessie/stretch tag
implying that the bug is not present in more recent Debian releases.

squeeze is no longer supported.

We are sorry that we couldn't deal with your issue in squeeze.

If this bug was incorrectly tagged squeeze, please reopen the bug
and remove the squeeze tag.



       "Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
        of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
       "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
                                       Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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