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Re: legacy grub missed partition

From: Felix Miata
Subject: Re: legacy grub missed partition
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2010 09:49:18 -0500
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On 2010/03/07 00:09 (GMT-0600) Jan Stefan composed:

> I am new to grub, Linux, and mail lists.
> I did look in the Manual and mail list archive but found no solutions.

> I have  2 identical x86 PCs. The first was set up by someone else who is no 
> longer available and Grub works fine.
> Menu.lst has 2 menu entries, one to boot a backup Linux in sda1 the other 
> boots the production system in sda2.

> The stage 2  loader is in the first partition. I have an embedded ext2 stage 
> 1.5 following the MBR.

> The second  system boots the backup partition but not the production system.
> I can mount and use the second partition from the backup Linux.
> The print command to the parted program shows the same information for 
> partitions on both PCs.

> Both partitions on the second system were made by the parted application as 
> primary ext2 partitions.
> mkfs.ext3 was used to turn them into ext3.
> The data for each partition was untared from archived data.

> On the second PC when I select the menu entry for the sda2 partition, I 
> receive the message "bad file or directory type" from the kernel command.
> If I corrupt the kernel name, I receive the same message, while I would have 
> expected "file not found".

> The only other symptom I can see where PCs differ is that a find command that 
> should find a file in both partitions finds them on the first PC but only 
> reports (hd0,0) on the second PC.

> The manual says find will work on all mountable partitions. My second 
> partition is mountable but find does not seem to work.

> I need to get grub to load from either partition on the second PC.
> Any ideas would be appreciated.

My memory could be wrong on this, but I think this error message results from
an attempt to read from a >128 byte Inode formatted EXT3 partition with an
older Grub version that only understands 128 byte Inode formatting. If so,
reinstalling a newer and understanding legacy Grub version will fix it.
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