[fedora-virt] Fedora11-Preview without GRUB

Bill Davidsen davidsen at tmr.com
Wed Apr 29 17:43:43 UTC 2009

Ján ONDREJ (SAL) wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 02:25:05PM +0200, Emre Erenoglu wrote:
>> 2009/4/29 Ján ONDREJ (SAL) <ondrejj at salstar.sk>
>>>  after my rawhide installation was corrupted, I planned to install a fresh
>>> Fedora11-Preview in virt-manager. Everything worked well, just GRUB has
>>> been
>>> not installed. I can't fix this by running some commands in rescue mode.
>>> My attempts are here:
>>> sh-4.0# df /boot
>>> Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
>>> /dev/vda1               198337     13573    174524   8% /boot
>>> My root partition is /dev/vda1, so my root disk is /dev/vda
>>> (paravirtualized
>>> disk).
>>> sh-4.0# grub-install /dev/vda
>>> expr: non-numeric argument
>>> /dev/vda1 does not have any corresponding BIOS drive.
>> Hi, I have the same problem even though my host and guest are not Fedora but
>> Pardus. It seems somehow that GRUB does not play well with vda disks. As a
>> workaround, I added the same disk image as hda, installed GRUB, then
>> reverted it back to vda. It works.
> Thanks for reply. Another workaround is installation of Fedora 11-Beta and
> then update to current rawhide. :)
I had problems during the update for that as well, when the beta came 
out it run for a few weeks and then an upgrade broke it. Not an install 
issue, I just broke things so badly I couldn't update any further to fix 

My current machines were built on the "snapshot" CD, install, update. As 
of this morning it's good. I'm running a snapshot machine for some 
development, since it will need to use the latest gcc.
> Curious, that this problem occured in preview release and not in any Beta.
> This is same bug or not?
>    Bug 479760 -  [PATCH] add support for virtio_blk devices to grub-install
>    https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=479760


bill davidsen <davidsen at tmr.com>
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