[Bug 1579391] [NEW] extlinux broken in ubuntu

Tong Sun 1579391 at bugs.launchpad.net
Sat May 7 16:08:02 UTC 2016


Public bug reported:

The extlinux under Ubuntu has been broken since Vivid, and it is still
not fixed in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial.

What I got:

In Vivid, having installed extlinux, I still don't have the
extlinux.conf configuration file, so I do it manually again:

% extlinux --install /boot/extlinux
/boot/extlinux is device /dev/sda7

% dir -l /boot/extlinux
total 116
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 116632 May  1 21:21 ldlinux.c32

What is expected:

According to the official doc at http://www.syslinux.org/wiki/index.php/EXTLINUX, 
"extlinux --update /boot/extlinux" will
generate extlinux.conf under /boot/extlinux, and it has always been working like that before, until I'm testing it under Vivid.

In Xenial, things are still the same:

% apt-get install extlinux syslinux-common
Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/universe amd64 extlinux amd64 3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1 [130 kB]
...
Get:5 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/main amd64 syslinux-common all 3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1 [1,181 kB]
...
Preparing to unpack .../extlinux_3%3a6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking extlinux (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
Preparing to unpack .../syslinux-common_3%3a6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1_all.deb ...
Unpacking syslinux-common (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
...
Setting up extlinux (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
Setting up syslinux-common (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
...

% ls -l /boot/vmlinuz* /boot/initrd* /boot/extlinux/*.conf /boot/extlinux/*.cfg
ls: cannot access '/boot/vmlinuz*': No such file or directory
ls: cannot access '/boot/extlinux/*.conf': No such file or directory
ls: cannot access '/boot/extlinux/*.cfg': No such file or directory
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 37950863 May  7 14:58 /boot/initrd.img-4.4.0-21-generic

I had been able to workaround the problem by installing the working
extlinux packages from prior to Vivid, but not any more under Xenial, in
which I will get:

% extlinux --install /boot/extlinux
extlinux: cannot find device for path /boot/extlinux
extlinux: cannot open device (null)

I.e., using the previous working extlinux packages no longer works under
Xenial. The system cannot boot any more.

** Affects: syslinux (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Description changed:

- Tthe extlinux under Ubuntu has been broken since Vivid, and it is still
+ The extlinux under Ubuntu has been broken since Vivid, and it is still
  not fixed in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial.
  
  What I got:
  
  In Vivid, having installed extlinux, I still don't have the
  extlinux.conf configuration file, so I do it manually again:
  
  % extlinux --install /boot/extlinux
  /boot/extlinux is device /dev/sda7
  
  % dir -l /boot/extlinux
  total 116
  -r--r--r-- 1 root root 116632 May  1 21:21 ldlinux.c32
  
  What is expected:
  
  According to the official doc at http://www.syslinux.org/wiki/index.php/EXTLINUX, "extlinux --update /boot/extlinux" will
  generate extlinux.conf under /boot/extlinux, and it has always been working like that before, until I'm testing it under Vivid.
  
  In Xenial, things are still the same:
  
  % apt-get install extlinux syslinux-common
  Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/universe amd64 extlinux amd64 3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1 [130 kB]
  ...
  Get:5 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/main amd64 syslinux-common all 3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1 [1,181 kB]
  ...
  Preparing to unpack .../extlinux_3%3a6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1_amd64.deb ...
  Unpacking extlinux (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
  Preparing to unpack .../syslinux-common_3%3a6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1_all.deb ...
  Unpacking syslinux-common (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
  ...
  Setting up extlinux (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
  Setting up syslinux-common (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
  ...
  
  % ls -l /boot/vmlinuz* /boot/initrd* /boot/extlinux/*.conf /boot/extlinux/*.cfg
  ls: cannot access '/boot/vmlinuz*': No such file or directory
  ls: cannot access '/boot/extlinux/*.conf': No such file or directory
  ls: cannot access '/boot/extlinux/*.cfg': No such file or directory
  -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 37950863 May  7 14:58 /boot/initrd.img-4.4.0-21-generic
  
  I had been able to workaround the problem by installing the working
  extlinux packages from prior to Vivid, but not any more under Xenial, in
  which I will get:
  
-  extlinux --install /boot/extlinux
+  extlinux --install /boot/extlinux
  extlinux: cannot find device for path /boot/extlinux
  extlinux: cannot open device (null)
  
  I.e., using the previous working extlinux packages no longer works under
  Xenial. The system cannot boot any more.

** Description changed:

  The extlinux under Ubuntu has been broken since Vivid, and it is still
  not fixed in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial.
  
  What I got:
  
  In Vivid, having installed extlinux, I still don't have the
  extlinux.conf configuration file, so I do it manually again:
  
  % extlinux --install /boot/extlinux
  /boot/extlinux is device /dev/sda7
  
  % dir -l /boot/extlinux
  total 116
  -r--r--r-- 1 root root 116632 May  1 21:21 ldlinux.c32
  
  What is expected:
  
- According to the official doc at http://www.syslinux.org/wiki/index.php/EXTLINUX, "extlinux --update /boot/extlinux" will
+ According to the official doc at http://www.syslinux.org/wiki/index.php/EXTLINUX, 
+ "extlinux --update /boot/extlinux" will
  generate extlinux.conf under /boot/extlinux, and it has always been working like that before, until I'm testing it under Vivid.
  
  In Xenial, things are still the same:
  
  % apt-get install extlinux syslinux-common
  Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/universe amd64 extlinux amd64 3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1 [130 kB]
  ...
  Get:5 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/main amd64 syslinux-common all 3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1 [1,181 kB]
  ...
  Preparing to unpack .../extlinux_3%3a6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1_amd64.deb ...
  Unpacking extlinux (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
  Preparing to unpack .../syslinux-common_3%3a6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1_all.deb ...
  Unpacking syslinux-common (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
  ...
  Setting up extlinux (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
  Setting up syslinux-common (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
  ...
  
  % ls -l /boot/vmlinuz* /boot/initrd* /boot/extlinux/*.conf /boot/extlinux/*.cfg
  ls: cannot access '/boot/vmlinuz*': No such file or directory
  ls: cannot access '/boot/extlinux/*.conf': No such file or directory
  ls: cannot access '/boot/extlinux/*.cfg': No such file or directory
  -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 37950863 May  7 14:58 /boot/initrd.img-4.4.0-21-generic
  
  I had been able to workaround the problem by installing the working
  extlinux packages from prior to Vivid, but not any more under Xenial, in
  which I will get:
  
-  extlinux --install /boot/extlinux
+ % extlinux --install /boot/extlinux
  extlinux: cannot find device for path /boot/extlinux
  extlinux: cannot open device (null)
  
  I.e., using the previous working extlinux packages no longer works under
  Xenial. The system cannot boot any more.

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Title:
  extlinux broken in ubuntu

Status in syslinux package in Ubuntu:
  New

Bug description:
  The extlinux under Ubuntu has been broken since Vivid, and it is still
  not fixed in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial.

  What I got:

  In Vivid, having installed extlinux, I still don't have the
  extlinux.conf configuration file, so I do it manually again:

  % extlinux --install /boot/extlinux
  /boot/extlinux is device /dev/sda7

  % dir -l /boot/extlinux
  total 116
  -r--r--r-- 1 root root 116632 May  1 21:21 ldlinux.c32

  What is expected:

  According to the official doc at http://www.syslinux.org/wiki/index.php/EXTLINUX, 
  "extlinux --update /boot/extlinux" will
  generate extlinux.conf under /boot/extlinux, and it has always been working like that before, until I'm testing it under Vivid.

  In Xenial, things are still the same:

  % apt-get install extlinux syslinux-common
  Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/universe amd64 extlinux amd64 3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1 [130 kB]
  ...
  Get:5 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/main amd64 syslinux-common all 3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1 [1,181 kB]
  ...
  Preparing to unpack .../extlinux_3%3a6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1_amd64.deb ...
  Unpacking extlinux (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
  Preparing to unpack .../syslinux-common_3%3a6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1_all.deb ...
  Unpacking syslinux-common (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
  ...
  Setting up extlinux (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
  Setting up syslinux-common (3:6.03+dfsg-11ubuntu1) ...
  ...

  % ls -l /boot/vmlinuz* /boot/initrd* /boot/extlinux/*.conf /boot/extlinux/*.cfg
  ls: cannot access '/boot/vmlinuz*': No such file or directory
  ls: cannot access '/boot/extlinux/*.conf': No such file or directory
  ls: cannot access '/boot/extlinux/*.cfg': No such file or directory
  -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 37950863 May  7 14:58 /boot/initrd.img-4.4.0-21-generic

  I had been able to workaround the problem by installing the working
  extlinux packages from prior to Vivid, but not any more under Xenial,
  in which I will get:

  % extlinux --install /boot/extlinux
  extlinux: cannot find device for path /boot/extlinux
  extlinux: cannot open device (null)

  I.e., using the previous working extlinux packages no longer works
  under Xenial. The system cannot boot any more.

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