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Bug 232591 - kernel rpm install blows away grub preferences
Summary: kernel rpm install blows away grub preferences
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mkinitrd
Version: 10
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Jones
QA Contact: David Lawrence
Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-03-16 09:53 UTC by emerson
Modified: 2009-12-18 05:54 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-12-18 05:54:54 UTC

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Description emerson 2007-03-16 09:53:57 UTC
Description of problem:
Installing a new/updated kernel RPM will alter grub.conf to point to that
kernel, regardless of previous settings.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Edit /etc/grub.conf to "default=saved"
2.  Install a recent kernel rpm
Actual results:
New kernel rpm will put itself as the first stanza in the grub.conf, and then
will set "default=1"

Expected results:
I would hope that it could be made smart enough to notice if my default was
pointed somewhere that -wasn't- the previous revision of the fedora kernel, and
not destroy my preferences of "default=saved" or "default=X" where X is some
non-Fedora choice.

Additional info:
I certainly understand wanting, for security and user-proofing reasons, more
recent kernel installs to be automatically booted next time up.  It would be
happier-making on us tinkerers, though, if the grub.conf hacking would be made
aware of multi-OS systems, ie, notice whether the current "default" pref is set
to the current Fedora kernel before blowing over it with the newly-installed one.

If I wanted to install an OS that would make itself the default boot option
without asking, I'd stick with XP... (j/k)  ;-)

Comment 1 Dave Jones 2007-03-19 19:15:11 UTC
policy decisions on the grub.conf entries are handled by grubby, a part of mkinitrd.

Comment 2 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 06:33:06 UTC
Fedora apologizes that these issues have not been resolved yet. We're
sorry it's taken so long for your bug to be properly triaged and acted
on. We appreciate the time you took to report this issue and want to
make sure no important bugs slip through the cracks.

If you're currently running a version of Fedora Core between 1 and 6,
please note that Fedora no longer maintains these releases. We strongly
encourage you to upgrade to a current Fedora release. In order to
refocus our efforts as a project we are flagging all of the open bugs
for releases which are no longer maintained and closing them.

If this bug is still open against Fedora Core 1 through 6, thirty days
from now, it will be closed 'WONTFIX'. If you can reporduce this bug in
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Thanks for your help, and we apologize again that we haven't handled
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The process we are following is outlined here:

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Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2008-05-06 19:21:34 UTC
This bug is open for a Fedora version that is no longer maintained and
will not be fixed by Fedora. Therefore we are closing this bug.

If you can reproduce this bug against a currently maintained version of
Fedora please feel free to reopen thus bug against that version.

Thank you for reporting this bug and we are sorry it could not be fixed.

Comment 4 Sam Tygier 2009-02-24 12:40:08 UTC
this seems to still be an issue in F10

Comment 5 Bug Zapper 2009-11-18 09:15:09 UTC
This message is a reminder that Fedora 10 is nearing its end of life.
Approximately 30 (thirty) days from now Fedora will stop maintaining
and issuing updates for Fedora 10.  It is Fedora's policy to close all
bug reports from releases that are no longer maintained.  At that time
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Comment 6 Bug Zapper 2009-12-18 05:54:54 UTC
Fedora 10 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-12-17. Fedora 10 is 
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further 
security or bug fix updates. As a result we are closing this bug.

If you can reproduce this bug against a currently maintained version of 
Fedora please feel free to reopen this bug against that version.

Thank you for reporting this bug and we are sorry it could not be fixed.

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