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Bug 161306 - grub does not work well with reiserfs
Summary: grub does not work well with reiserfs
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: grub
Version: 4
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Jones
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
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Reported: 2005-06-22 10:03 UTC by Steven Shiau
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2005-07-06 21:10:41 UTC

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Description Steven Shiau 2005-06-22 10:03:25 UTC
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Description of problem:
I just installed Fedora Core 4, and put /boot directory in reiserfs 3.6 partition with the other root files in /dev/hda1. After installation, the next boot will be in grub shell, i.e. grub can not find /boot/grub/menu.lst in this reiserfs partition /dev/hda1. I am sure /boot/grub/menu.lst does exist.
After many rebooting, it still the same.

My solution: 
1. Use Knopix or other rescue method to boot ( I use Fedora Core 3 diskless solution - DRBL (
2. mount /dev/hda1 /mnt
3. grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/hda

The grub I used is from FC3, i.e. grub-0.95-3.

Then it works.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
grub-0.95-13, kernel-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4, reiserfs 3.6

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora Core 4, when in disk 1, in the prompt, enter "linux reiserfs"
2. When creating partition, format the root directory as reiserfs, and remember to put /boot in the same partition with root partition.
3. Finish the installation.


Actual Results:  After the installation, boot FC4, then it will in grub-shell.

Expected Results:  Boot into FC4 successfully.

Additional info:

My solution: 
1. Use Knopix or other rescue method to boot ( I use Fedora Core 3 diskless solution - DRBL (
2. mount /dev/hda1 /mnt
3. grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/hda

The grub I used is from FC3, i.e. grub-0.95-3.

Comment 1 Peter Jones 2005-07-06 21:10:41 UTC
reiserfs is completely unsupported.

Comment 2 Steven Shiau 2005-07-06 23:12:50 UTC
(In reply to comment #1)
> reiserfs is completely unsupported.

Well, that's true in RH/Fedora. But grub does support reiserfs. This is a bug
report for grub also. Maybe in the next version, please make it work as before.

Comment 3 Russell Coker 2005-07-19 07:15:57 UTC
I've just tested this out.  I've had the root LV on ReiserFS with /boot on 
Ext3 and having both /boot and the root LV on ReiserFS.  In both cases it 
works, I can't reproduce the problem. 
Can you reproduce this with "selinux=0" included on the kernel command-line 
for the install?  There are known issues with SE Linux and ReiserFS. 

Comment 4 Steven Shiau 2005-07-19 08:18:22 UTC
In my FC4 machine, I did turn of selinux all the time.
cat /etc/selinux/config
# This file controls the state of SELinux on the system.
# SELINUX= can take one of these three values:
#       enforcing - SELinux security policy is enforced.
#       permissive - SELinux prints warnings instead of enforcing.
#       disabled - SELinux is fully disabled.
# SELINUXTYPE= type of policy in use. Possible values are:
#       targeted - Only targeted network daemons are protected.
#       strict - Full SELinux protection.
I have a SATA IDE HD
ata1: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0xEFA8 ctl 0xEFA6 bmdma 0xEED0 irq 169
ata2: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0xEF68 ctl 0xEFA2 bmdma 0xEED8 irq 169
ata1: dev 0 cfg 49:2f00 82:74eb 83:7fea 84:4023 85:74e9 86:3c02 87:4023 88:203f
ata1: dev 0 ATA, max UDMA/100, 321672960 sectors: lba48
ata1: dev 0 configured for UDMA/100
scsi0 : ata_piix
ata2: SATA port has no device.
scsi1 : ata_piix
  Vendor: ATA       Model: HDS722516VLSA80   Rev: V34O
  Type:   Direct-Access                      ANSI SCSI revision: 05
SCSI device sda: 321672960 512-byte hdwr sectors (164697 MB)
SCSI device sda: drive cache: write back
SCSI device sda: 321672960 512-byte hdwr sectors (164697 MB)
I put all my partitions as reiserfs, and without extra /boot partition.
df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2             9.4G  3.7G  5.7G  39% /
/dev/shm             1009M     0 1009M   0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda6             133G  121G   13G  91% /home
In the previous post, I put the wrong device (/dev/hda), actually it should be
Maybe my problem is because there is no extra /boot partition for grub-0.95-13 ?

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