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How to build grub-emu

From: John Lane
Subject: How to build grub-emu
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:14:08 +0000
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I've looked for documentation explaining how to build grub-emu but
haven't found any. I did look in INSTALL.

Here's what I am doing, this is with a git clone of master.

$ ./
$ ./configure --with-platform=grub-emu
$ make

I get executables


When I run "grub-emu" I get a window opening with garbage in it and a
warning on the console:

error: can't open `/boot/grub/fonts/unicode.pf2': No such file or directory.

When I run "grub-emu-lite" I get an error

error: can't open `/boot/grub/x86_64-emu/normal.mod': No such file or

I then get a "grub rescue>" prompt but nothing works (not even "exit").

To close both executables I have to use "kill -9"

The emulators appear to be looking in /boot for things but the system I
am on has legacy grub in "/boot".

I don't want to mess with that system's real Grub installation. I would
hope that I can run the emulator in a sandbox beneath my git clone's root.

My system: Linux 3.16.4-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Oct 6 08:22:27 CEST
2014 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Where am I going wrong?

Any help very much appreciated.


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