Odd error report from grub-install

Kevin O'Gorman kogorman at gmail.com
Mon Mar 21 17:04:41 UTC 2016

I just submitted a bug about this, but it occurs to me you list users may
have seen this before, or have suggestions.

I have just now removed some old kernels. I did an update-grub, but
  grub-install /dev/sda
is reporting an odd error that I've never seen before:

root at roisin:~# grub-install /dev/sda
Installing for i386-pc platform.
grub-install: warning: Sector 50 is already in use by the program
`FlexNet'; avoiding it. This software may cause boot or other problems in
future. Please ask its authors not to store data in the boot track.

I do not know what FlexNet is. Synaptic does not either. This machine has
stock Windows 7 and Xubuntu partitions only, and AFAIK that's all it ever
had (well, earlier Windows and Kubuntu, but a long time ago).

At the very least, I'd like grub to report more information that might help
me figure out what's going on. Or is there some malware that it just
discovered. As it stands, I can't tell and don't know how to investigate.

Kevin O'Gorman
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