GRUB won't install on / partition

Bug #8746 reported by Christopher Plain on 2004-10-03
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
grub-installer (Ubuntu)
Colin Watson

Bug Description

I have tried to install Ubuntu on my system but am unable to install GRUB to the
/ partition. The partitions are as follows:

1 XP
2 DragonFly BSD
3 Ubuntu Linux

I can install GRUB on partition 1 and 2 but not 3. When I switch to ALT+F3 I
see the following error message:

Error 6: Mismatched or corrupt version of stage1/stage2

I am new to Linux so please let me know if there is any further information that
I need to provide.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

What filesystem is on partition 3?

Christopher Plain (cpplain) wrote :

(In reply to comment #1)
> What filesystem is on partition 3?


chastell (chastell) wrote :

(In reply to comment #2)
> (In reply to comment #1)
> > What filesystem is on partition 3?
> ReiserFS

This might be the same bug I stumbled upon in Hoary Array CD 4, which was a
regression from Array CD 3. In Array CD 3 I could change all of the partitions
to ReiserFS and install GRUB from the installer, but in Array CD 4 I had to
revert to ext3 on the / partition to get past the GRUB instalation stage. LILO
couldn't install on ReiserFS as well, though.o

Below is my clarification from the ubuntu-devel mailing list, as it seems
inaccessible at the archives

With Array CD 3, I booted with server-expert and in the partition stage
I chose multiuser workstation. This resulted in a couple partitions,
all of them (except swap) set to ext3. I changed them to ReiserFS and
installed the system without a problem.

With Array CD 4, the same course resulted in a "GRUB cannot be
installed, continue?"-kind of error in the bootloader installation
stage (even before trying to put GRUB in the MBR). The same happened
when I tried installing LILO.

When I went back to the partitioning stage and changed the partition
with the / mount point to ext3 (and left all of the rest at ReiserFS)
GRUB installed without a problem and made its way to MBR flawlessly.

Currently, the /etc/fstab looks like this:

shot@albert:~$ cat /etc/fstab
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hda1 / ext3 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 1
/dev/hda9 /home reiserfs defaults 0 2
/dev/hda8 /tmp reiserfs defaults 0 2
/dev/hda5 /usr reiserfs defaults 0 2
/dev/hda6 /var reiserfs defaults 0 2
/dev/hda7 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/hdb /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 ro,user,noauto 0 0

Dennis Kaarsemaker (dennis) wrote :

Does this problem still occur in Breezy or Dapper?

Chuck Short (zulcss) wrote :

No response closing

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

I believe this was actually a duplicate of bug 185878, which I recently (finally!) fixed. I'll mark this as such for the sake of exactness.

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