grub will not install on installed system (Ubuntu GNOME Xenial daily Live iso)

Bug #1552339 reported by Alexander Vinbæk Strand on 2016-03-02
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Bug Description

ubuntu-gnome@ubuntu-gnome:~$ sudo grub-install /dev/sda
Installing for i386-pc platform.
grub-install: error: failed to get canonical path of `/cow'.
ubuntu-gnome@ubuntu-gnome:~$ sudo grub-install /dev/sda1
Installing for i386-pc platform.
grub-install: error: failed to get canonical path of `/cow'.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
Package: grub (not installed)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-8.23-generic 4.4.2
Uname: Linux 4.4.0-8-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20-0ubuntu3
Architecture: amd64
CasperVersion: 1.367
CurrentDesktop: GNOME
Date: Wed Mar 2 16:50:33 2016
LiveMediaBuild: Ubuntu-GNOME 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus" - Alpha amd64 (20160301)
ProcEnviron:
 TERM=xterm-256color
 PATH=(custom, no user)
 XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=<set>
 LANG=nb_NO.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: grub
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:
http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/reports/bugs/1552339

tags: added: iso-testing
Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

Your bug report claims this is a problem on an installed system; but /cow is a path for a live system, not an installed system.

affects: grub (Ubuntu) → grub2 (Ubuntu)

The screenshot is from Ubiquity when I installed Ubuntu GNOME on vmware and GRUB fails to install.

I tried to install GRUB in terminal with live iso and then I got this /cow error.

Phillip Susi (psusi) wrote :

Please attach /var/log/syslog after getting the error shown in the image.

Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete

I think the problem is fixed, because I tested a newer daily iso and no error.

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