How to disable grub-mkconfig once and forever?

Ralf Mardorf silver.bullet at
Sat Jul 9 16:03:52 UTC 2016

On Sat, 9 Jul 2016 11:15:52 -0400, Tom H wrote:
>On Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 8:48 AM, Ralf Mardorf <silver.bullet at>
>> On Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:25:34 -0400, Tom H wrote:  
>>> On Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 3:55 AM, Ralf Mardorf wrote:  
>>>> since there seems to be no way to prevent Ubuntu from enforcing to
>>>> install GRUB  
>>> Why can't you pin grub (and other bootloaders) to "-1"?  
>> Does this prevent do-release-upgrade from installing GRUB?  
>If grub-install isn't installed, it can't be run.
>[If pinning prevents a package or a task from being installed, you can
>create an equivs package to provide all the relevant grub packages.]

Actually I had a dummy package installed [1]. I decided to remove the
dummy package before running do-release-upgrade. IOW grub-install
wasn't installed before the release upgrade, it was installed by the
release upgrade. FWIW there was no reason to use any of the dummy
packages with 15.10. I could remove them, since nothing required
grub-pc, gvfs or pulseaudio. They were installed just in case something
should require one of those packages. The grub-pc package is a
recommended dependency for the Ubuntu kernels. Assumed I should have
kept the grub-pc dummy package installed, perhaps with a very high
version number, perhaps epoch 2015 [2], wouldn't the release upgrade be
confused by such a dummy package?


[rocketmouse at archlinux ~]$ ls -hAl /mnt/moonstudio/usr/src/15.04_wily/dummies/
total 24K
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  185 Sep  6  2015 grub-pc
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2.0K Sep  6  2015 grub-pc_09-06-moonstudio_all.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  182 Sep  6  2015 gvfs
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2.0K Sep  6  2015 gvfs_09-06-moonstudio_all.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  188 Sep  6  2015 pulseaudio
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2.0K Sep  6  2015 pulseaudio_09-06-moonstudio_all.deb

[rocketmouse at archlinux ~]$ cat /mnt/moonstudio/usr/src/15.04_wily/dummies/grub-pc
Priority: optional
Standards-Version: 3.9.2

Package: grub-pc
Version: 2015:09-06-moonstudio
Maintainer: Weremouse <silver.bullet at>
Architecture: all
Description: Dummy package

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