Debian Bug report logs - #609314
Grub installs to wrong disk

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Package: grub-installer; Maintainer for grub-installer is Debian Install System Team <>; Source for grub-installer is src:grub-installer.

Reported by: Volker Theile <>

Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2011 13:30:01 UTC

Severity: serious

Tags: d-i, sid, squeeze

Merged with 568529, 579519, 589823, 603942, 604992, 605562

Found in versions grub-installer/0.50, grub-installer/1.49, grub-installer/1.56, grub-installer/1.57, grub-installer/1.58

Fixed in version grub-installer/1.59

Done: Otavio Salvador <>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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Report forwarded to, Debian Install System Team <>:
Bug#609314; Package grub-installer. (Sat, 08 Jan 2011 13:30:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: Volker Theile <>
Subject: Grub installs to wrong disk
Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2011 14:26:39 +0100
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Package: grub-installer
Version: 1.58

Using the latest Squeeze netinst ISO to install the system the 
installation fails while trying to install GRUB. In my virtual machine i 
have multiple harddisks. When i am using /dev/sdd for the operation 
system GRUB always wants to install to /dev/sda. GRUB has been told to 
install to MBR. I have attached the debug logs of the debian installer.

Taken from syslog:

Jan  8 12:49:48 kernel: [  132.235370] Adding 392184k swap on 
/dev/sdd5.  Priority:-1 extents:1 across:392184k
Jan  8 12:49:48 partman: mke2fs 1.41.12 (17-May-2010)
Jan  8 12:49:50 kernel: [  134.514713] kjournald starting.  Commit 
interval 5 seconds
Jan  8 12:49:50 kernel: [  134.514820] EXT3 FS on sdd1, internal journal
Jan  8 12:49:50 kernel: [  134.514827] EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with 
ordered data mode.
grub-installer: error: Running 'grub-install  --no-floppy --force 
"/dev/sda"' failed.

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Forcibly Merged 568529 579519 589823 603942 604992 605562 609314 609722. Request was from Daniel Baumann <> to (Sat, 15 Jan 2011 13:27:13 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Disconnected #609722 from all other report(s). Request was from Julien Cristau <> to (Sun, 23 Jan 2011 19:45:09 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Bug archived. Request was from Debbugs Internal Request <> to (Fri, 12 Aug 2011 07:36:29 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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