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Bug#593683: marked as done (linux-2.6 - images does not conflict with pre-policy versions of bootloaders)

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has caused the Debian Bug report #593683,
regarding linux-2.6 - images does not conflict with pre-policy versions of bootloaders
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Package: linux-2.6
Version: 2.6.32-18
Severity: grave

The images have to conflict against versions of the bootloaders not
supporting installation on its own.


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On Thu, 2010-09-16 at 23:16 -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> reopen 593683
> thanks
> Hi guys,
> s390-tools, lilo, and elilo are the only bootloaders for which Breaks: were
> added in the recent upload.  However, there are reports[1],[2] of serious
> upgrade failures resulting from not upgrading grub before trying to upgrade
> the kernel; and the grub in lenny definitely does not comply with the new
> kernel hooks policy (/etc/kernel/postinst.d/zz-update-grub only exists in
> the squeeze versions).  Is this an oversight, or is there some other
> explanation for why grub was being left in an inconsistent state for these
> users?

Official kernel packages have never invoked GRUB except by running hook
commands.  The installer used to set postinst_hook and postrm_hook in
/etc/kernel-img.conf to run update-grub, and the official kernel
packages still call those hooks.  I can only assume that these users
installed grub later and did not set the hooks, so their GRUB menus were
*never* updated.

> (Reopening the bug out of an abundance of caution; if lenny grub really
> doesn't need to be added to the Breaks, please close again - but please also
> let me know why, so we can write the release notes appropriately.)

I think the release notes should encourage people to update their boot
loader first.


Ben Hutchings
Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.

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