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reiserfs support is bugged!

From: Bram Stolk
Subject: reiserfs support is bugged!
Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 14:31:51 +0100


I am certain that there is a grave bug in GRUB.
I am able to produce this grub output on 2 different machines
(both SMP P3, Debian GNU/Linux)

Now, surely, this kind of GRUB output should really be impossible:

    GRUB  version 0.90  (640K lower / 3072K upper memory)

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   lists possible command completions.  Anywhere else TAB lists the possible
   completions of a device/filename. ]

grub> find /boot/grub/stage1

grub> find /boot/grub/stage1


Sometimes, the file is there, but mostly it is not there.
Re-starting grub normally makes the file re-appear.

This is with kernel 2.4.2, and with hda2 as reiserfs, and hda4 as ext2.
the stage1 is always found on the ext2 partition, and almost never on reiserfs

Mind you: this is not a HW fault, as I can produce this on 2 machines,
with similar partition tables.

fdisk outputs:

Disk /dev/hda: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 1245 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1             1       131   1048792+  82  Linux swap
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary:
     phys=(1023, 15, 63) should be (1023, 254, 63)
/dev/hda2           132       522   3140707+  83  Linux
/dev/hda4           523      1246   5810616   83  Linux
Partition 4 does not end on cylinder boundary:
     phys=(1023, 15, 63) should be (1023, 254, 63)


 Bram Stolk, VR Specialist.
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