kassube at gmx.net
Sun Apr 20 10:11:52 UTC 2014
Colin Law wrote:
> On 19 April 2014 22:01, R Kimber <richardkimber at btinternet.com> wrote:
> > When I boot up 14.04 I get an otherwise blank screen with the
> > message:
> > "error: malformed file, press any key to continue".
> Is that standard Ubuntu?
After I posted my previous mail I searched a bit further. While others
had the same problem, I couldn't see a solution. However I found the
origin of the error message in the source code of grub2 which comes with
all Ubuntu flavours, so it probably doesn't matter which Ubuntu flavour
it is (I'm running Kubuntu myself).
Here is the source code snippet (from grub-core/commands/loadenv.c):
| /* This might be actually valid, but it is unbelievable that
| any filesystem makes such a silly allocation. */
| return grub_error (GRUB_ERR_BAD_FS, "malformed file");
So some integrity check can't believe what it reads, prints a cryptic
error message and then lets the user press a key. As there is no hint
WHICH file may be malformed, this isn't helpful in any way IMHO.
Like I wrote before, the error is gone on my system after reinstalling
grub to the MBR. I'm curious if that works for Richard as well.
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