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From: Doug Goldstein <cardoe@g.o>
Subject: Re: grub:2 keywords
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:19:27 -0500
On Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 11:15 PM, Mike Gilbert <floppym@g.o> wrote:
> An official release of grub-2.00 should be coming pretty soon. I would
> like to keyword this for ~amd64 and ~x86 shortly after it hits the tree.
> I don't do much work on base system packages, so I would like some
> advice on how to make this as smooth as possible.
> My main concern is that many people probably have sys-boot/grub in
> @world. If grub:2 is made visible, portage will install it, and will
> remove grub-0.97 on the next depclean. This could be a little confusing,
> but should not cause any immediate damage since the copy of grub-0.97
> installed in the MBR and /boot would remain intact.
> Is this worthy of a news item? Or I just blog about it?
> Anything else I need to think about here?
> Note: The Gentoo Documentation Project has indicated that they do not
> want to add anything to the handbook until we are somewhat close to
> stabilizing grub:2. That's at least a couple months away.


Since Grub Legacy and Grub 2 are slotted, Portage won't remove the
older version. Even if it removes the older one, everything necessary
is installed into /boot and the MBR already.

The best route forward would be to instruct people to use
grub2-install (but whatever the flag is to prevent MBR installation).
Have people generate their grub.cfg with grub2-mkconfig and then put a
chain loader into the Grub Legacy configs so that they can test Grub 2
and then once they test it tell them to install Grub 2 into the MBR
and remove Grub Legacy.

I'll gladly work with you on this. IMHO, it might be a good plan to
unmask and ~arch one of the release candidates with an aim to get Grub
2.0.0 fully released with docs.

Doug Goldstein

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-- Mike Gilbert
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