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Bug#788532: grub-efi-ia32-bin should be shipped on install DVD

On Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 11:56:32PM +0200, Gregor Riepl wrote:
>>> Actually, that was the easy part. Except for a custom built
>>> grub-efi-i386 and some manual fiddling to find the install disc, I
>>> didn't need to do anything.
>> Right, OK. Not exactly a common trail, then. :-)
>Well, brand new hardware that "just works" is relatively rare.
>I just happen to value Debian as a starting point for most of my Linux-related
>endeavours. Reduces configuration/customisation by much, and still manages to
>come without unnecessary bloat like certain other distributions.
>Also, I prefer apt over other package managers.

Cool, you're not alone there. :-)

>> Right. If you'd just tried the multi-arch Debian CD netinst or DVD
>> you'd probably have found that the installation just worked for you
>> without having to fight with your own grub-efi-ia32 build etc.!
>What how where multiarch?
>Ok, it looks I completely missed that. Oops.

No problem.

>And if I'm reading your blog correctly, the i386 images come with UEFI
>support, so that would be an option too. Except that I don't really like the
>idea of missing out on the advantages of amd64. But if it works...


>> I'm *not* planning on adding the 32-bit grub binary packages to our
>> amd64 CD images just yet. I'll want to add installer build code to get
>> them booting easily in 32-bit first. Until then, please stick with the
>> multi-arch images. OK?
>If that's the best way to get what I want, I'll give it a try.

OK, please let us know if that works for you.

>This seems pretty unique to Debian though?
>Ubuntu doesn't ship their i386 installers with EFI boot support, and they
>don't seem to have a multiarch installer either.

I *think* the Ubuntu guys are doing EFI on i386 these days, but I
could be wrong. I've spoken to them about the details in the past. But
the multiarch installer is definitely specific to Debian, and the
mixed-mode EFI support in the installer exists only in Debian *yet*. I
expect other distros to look into it soon-ish, and it's great to share
this kind of work to help everybody.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
  Getting a SCSI chain working is perfectly simple if you remember that there
  must be exactly three terminations: one on one end of the cable, one on the
  far end, and the goat, terminated over the SCSI chain with a silver-handled
  knife whilst burning *black* candles. --- Anthony DeBoer

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