Re: Installation tests with GRUB on GPT disks
On 05/16/2018 01:29 PM, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz wrote:
I have been testing the installation of GRUB in debian-installer on disks
with GPT labels. Unfortunately, that doesn't work as grub-install
complains it cannot find the filesystem for /dev/vdiska1.
Looking at the partition table with parted, it seems that the actual problem
is a corrupted GPT partition table (see below).
Since a new partition table is created by debian-installer, it shouldn't be
corrupted at this point. So, I'm wondering what problem we are running
Maybe it wasn't created correctly by partman:
On  Eric has a ca. 7 MiB partition between 1 MiB at the beginning of
the disk and the remainder of the disk. It's garbled on GitHub, so here
it is reformatted:
Number Start End Size File system Name Flags
1 1049kB 8389kB 7340kB bios_grub bios_grub
2 8389kB 1151MB 1143MB ext3 boot
3 1151MB 600GB 599GB lvm
During my testing end of February/beginning of March this partition was
needed, because otherwise the gpt label was corrupted after grub-install
ran IIRC - i.e. similar to what you saw. I don't know the exact size
requirements for this partition though, so just rounded up to 10 MiB
which worked fine.
I submitted a patch () which adds specific recipes for gpt capable
systems which add the additional 10 MiB partition. Partman than creates
this partition after the first 1 MiB on the disk in question. The post
also contains an alternative approach which might also work (i.e. just
extending the sparc recipes).