devices still called "hd" instead of "sd"

Bug #391775 reported by Steffen Banhardt on 2009-06-24
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grub-installer (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: grub-installer

While installing 9.04 from alternate I came across this in grub-installer:

The device can be specified using GRUB's "(hdn,m)" notation, or as a
device in /dev. Below are some examples:
- "(hd0)" or "/dev/hda" will install GRUB to the master boot record
  of your first hard drive (IDE);
- "(hd0,1)" or "/dev/hda2" will use the second partition of your
  first IDE drive;
- "(hd2,4)" or "/dev/sdc5" will use the first extended partition of
  your third drive (SCSI here);
- "(fd0)" or "/dev/fd0" will install GRUB to a floppy.

(text taken from

The naming of the devices is not good here anymore, because thanks to the used libata all - also IDE devices - are named "sd"

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

Not actually all; yours might be sd*, but some controllers were still using non-libata drivers last I checked. That makes it not quite entirely trivial to change.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package grub-installer - 1.49ubuntu9

grub-installer (1.49ubuntu9) lucid; urgency=low

  * Ask grub-installer/only_debian at high priority again (LP: #47135).
    Originally, in Warty, we ensured that this question wouldn't be visible
    by default to support simple installations of Ubuntu with as few
    questions as possible. However, since then, we wrote Ubiquity, which
    has taken over responsibility for the simple installation case, and it's
    become clear that automatically installing GRUB to the first disk's MBR
    is inadequate for many more complex situations. Ironically, Ubiquity
    makes this option easily accessible from the "Advanced" dialog box, but
    Ubuntu's d-i required a special boot parameter to display it.
  * Update grub-installer/bootdev text to avoid GRUB device naming that
    changed between GRUB Legacy and GRUB 2, and to use libata-style device
    naming since that is more accurate for most people (LP: #391775)
 -- Colin Watson <email address hidden> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 11:34:43 +0000

Changed in grub-installer (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
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