Call for testing: GRUB 2.00

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Tue Sep 11 16:41:19 UTC 2012

We're considering upgrading to GRUB 2.00 for Ubuntu 12.10.  This change
will be slightly later than ideal, so I'd like to get as much testing as
possible done first.  I've uploaded test packages to a PPA:

DM-RAID is currently known to be problematic, so I advise not installing
this on such systems as yet; and despite the fact that there are
packages built for precise in that PPA, I do not suggest installing
those at this time (and we have no plans to upgrade 12.04 to GRUB 2.00).
So far this has been tested in BIOS and UEFI setups, and the
corresponding Debian experimental packages have been tested on LVM,
LVM+crypto, and RAID-1.

Pre-release boot loader packages are not for the faint of heart.  While
they're unlikely to cause permanent problems, it can take some work to
recover from failures.  I suggest that you keep some other means of
booting (e.g. an Ubuntu desktop image) around.  If you need to reinstall
an older version, I recommend this method in preference to the others on
the same page:

If you can help out with testing, please mail me privately with a report
of the testing you've done, quoting the set of GRUB packages you have
installed and their versions ('dpkg-query -W grub\* | grep ubuntu').  It
would be helpful if you could restrict your comments to differences
between the packages currently in quantal and these ones, so that I have
less data to wade through.

If you get stuck, feel free to ask me for help on IRC (cjwatson on
freenode or OFTC).


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]

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