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[Bug 1519172] Re: Latest Wily install fails when installing Grub 3x in a row. Checked md5, all fine


@ Philip Susi - You are very likely onto something here. I'm running a
2006 MacPro (1,1 & 2,1), which is an outlier in that it has 64bit
processors and a 32bit EFI implementation. efibootmgr doesn't work on
this hardware, I'm guessing because it only works in 64bit mode, but
please, I'd love to be educated if efibootmgr does or can work in an
install of 32bit Ubuntu and can be patched/hacked to work in a mixed
arch environment.

While my antique MacPro probably doesn't warrant 5 minutes of any
developer's time, there are a number of recent/current implementations
of 64bit processors mated to 32bit efi - specifically certain new atom-
based tablets and Intel's new(ish) "computestick". For whatever reason,
Ubuntu does support mixed architecture, so, here we are. It's (probably)
not just an antique Mactel issue.

I suppose the important part of this is that, as I noted in my original
report, Grub (64bit) does *not fail when installing Trusty - 14.04.1,
despite my mixed arch environment, and Wily does.

A little background: After dozens of failed attempts at installing any
version of Ubuntu, I stumbled across Ian Morrison's Linuxium site
(https://plus.google.com/+IanMORRISON/posts) and his "official
unofficial" patched Trusty installer. The "patch" amounts including
grubia32.efi in the /EFI/BOOT/ folder at the root of any Ubuntu Live
installer. grubia32.efi allows mixed architecture machines to boot the
Live media, install Ubuntu in 64 bit mode, and then those of us who need
to can purge Grub64, install Grub ia32, and run 64bit Ubuntu.

After the first failed install of Wily, I sat and watched the messages
throughout the install. I definitely noticed Grub being installed and
the kernels being built, but then, after other installations and
configurations, the "final" (?) install of Grub - which I'm guessing was
actually "grub-update" command - failed.

I then booted from my patched Live USB and chroot'ed into my Wily
install. Grub was there, in my /boot folder, along with Wily kernels,
but there was no grub.cfg file. I purged Grub, installed Grubia32,
updated Grub and can now boot into either Trusty or Wily.

@ Brad Figg - files are uploaded. I did have to install python-apport.
It was not present at install time, so it may or may not be helpful.

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  Latest Wily install fails when installing Grub 3x in a row. Checked
  md5, all fine

Status in linux package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  Three attempts at installing Wily alongside Trusty 14.04.1.

  dd /dev/zero bs=16M count=128 to ensure all previous partitions and data are gone.

  Boot from Trusty 14.04.1 USB drive, select erase and install. Install
  without errors (none I'm alerted to or aware of, anyway)

  Shut down - not that no updates or upgrades were performed...

  Reboot from latest Wily 15.10 USB. Select "install alongside 14.04.1"

  Installer fails when grub installer is running for the 2nd time (?). I
  watched it run and create the 4.2 linux kernels and initrds. Upon
  inspection, they appear properly installed in /boot.

  I'll boot manually into both Trusty and Wily and attempt to reinstall
  Grub so they can share it and I can choose.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.10
  Package: ubiquity 2.21.37
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.2.0-16.19-generic 4.2.3
  Uname: Linux 4.2.0-16-generic x86_64
  NonfreeKernelModules: wl
  ApportVersion: 2.19.1-0ubuntu3
  Architecture: amd64
  CasperVersion: 1.365
  Date: Mon Nov 23 19:24:40 2015
  InstallCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/casper/vmlinuz.efi file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper quiet splash ---
  LiveMediaBuild: Ubuntu 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" - Release amd64 (20151021)
   PATH=(custom, no user)
  SourcePackage: grub-installer
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
  ApportVersion: 2.19.1-0ubuntu5
  Architecture: amd64
   /dev/snd/controlC0:  imattux    1443 F.... pulseaudio
   /dev/snd/controlC1:  imattux    1443 F.... pulseaudio
  CurrentDesktop: Unity
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.10
  HibernationDevice: RESUME=UUID=7c06fa83-e8a3-4e80-a3ee-206f3ac03c34
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2015-11-25 (15 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" - Release amd64 (20151021)
  MachineType: Apple Computer, Inc. MacPro2,1
  NonfreeKernelModules: wl
  Package: linux (not installed)
  ProcFB: 0 radeondrmfb
  ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.2.0-18-generic.efi.signed root=UUID=a766331e-fe0f-4cf4-8008-d02ab6e2aaba ro quiet splash
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.2.0-18.22-generic 4.2.3
   linux-restricted-modules-4.2.0-18-generic N/A
   linux-backports-modules-4.2.0-18-generic  N/A
   linux-firmware                            1.149.2
  Tags:  wily
  UdevLog: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/var/log/udev'
  Uname: Linux 4.2.0-18-generic x86_64
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
  UserGroups: adm cdrom dip lpadmin plugdev sambashare sudo
  _MarkForUpload: True
  dmi.bios.date: 07/02/07
  dmi.bios.vendor: Apple Computer, Inc.
  dmi.bios.version: MP21.88Z.007F.B06.0707021348
  dmi.board.asset.tag: Base Board Asset Tag#
  dmi.board.name: Mac-F4208DC8
  dmi.board.vendor: Apple Inc.
  dmi.board.version: PVT
  dmi.chassis.asset.tag: Asset Tag#
  dmi.chassis.type: 2
  dmi.chassis.vendor: Apple Computer, Inc.
  dmi.chassis.version: Mac-F4208DC8
  dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnAppleComputer,Inc.:bvrMP21.88Z.007F.B06.0707021348:bd07/02/07:svnAppleComputer,Inc.:pnMacPro2,1:pvr1.0:rvnAppleInc.:rnMac-F4208DC8:rvrPVT:cvnAppleComputer,Inc.:ct2:cvrMac-F4208DC8:
  dmi.product.name: MacPro2,1
  dmi.product.version: 1.0
  dmi.sys.vendor: Apple Computer, Inc.

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