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    Grub-install package script configuration menu.

    Hello, forums.
    Firstly, sorry for probably misleading thread name.
    I am talking about the menu that pops up every time user get grub updates.
    This menu writes for me "If you're unsure which drive is designated as boot drive by your BIOS, it is often a good idea to install GRUB to all of them."


    In what universe should it be considered anyhow good idea? I mean, really, WTF?
    It is generally BAD idea in at least one case (mine):
    It puts up a menu with choices:
    a) My Windows partition (which I don't need, but anyway it would broke it hardly)
    b) My USB HDD (WTF?!?!)
    c) My Live-USB with not so Linux live system (even if it was linux, grub whould have broken those. )
    d) My BSD partition (WTF*2, Grub would have broken those. If in liveUSB area USB probably could boot with GRUB, this one could defenetely not)
    e) My Windows rescue partition (see a))

    If there is a package (grml) which detects installed systems and configures grub to use those, should'nt the grub-installer be aware of it and give no disaster-recommendations?

    "User-friendly"? No, it is not. User should learn if he wants to update his base system (e.g. like 'If you unsure, check your bios settings"), or he should call a guy who knows what he's doing.
    Or is this some kind of ubuntu philosophy I don't get?

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    Re: grub-install package script configuration menu.

    Last edited by oldfred; April 2nd, 2013 at 04:54 PM.
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    Re: Grub-install package script configuration menu.

    I'm seeing this with 13.04.
    Should I reopen, post a screenshot or what?
    Also this is reproduced not in GUI mode (I'm running apt-get upgrade via console and getting this in ncurses configuration menu).
    Last edited by nekoexmachina; April 2nd, 2013 at 07:23 AM.

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    Re: Grub-install package script configuration menu.

    If you can do screen shots, I would document it.

    I might file a new bug, & refer to old bug report. But if just description issues, we find that they are not good about fixing or considering text as a bug. Even if the text says delete your entire system, they do not think that is a bug as it is not in the code. If the code deletes your entire system they immediately will try to fix it.

    bug reports info on how to do:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs
    https://launchpad.net/ubuntu
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    Re: Grub-install package script configuration menu.

    "If you're unsure which drive is designated as boot drive by your BIOS, it is often a good idea to install GRUB to all of them."

    All of what? Partitions? Including your Windows partition? No. The MBR of drives. That is what is being suggested. And the package that detects installed systems is called os-prober and the package that configures Grub is called grub-mkconfig and the package that installs Grub into the MBR is called grub-install. They are all GNU Grub packages not Ubuntu packages. The command update-grub just executes a shell script that runs grub-mkconfig.

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    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
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