grub2 splash screen displays excessively long package version number

Bug #1723434 reported by Steve Langasek
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grub2 (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

grub2 is currently at version 2.02~beta3-4ubuntu6 in artful, and 2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.14 in xenial.

While it's important to be able to know from within the bootloader the exact version of grub that is running for bug reporting and troubleshooting purposes, this is a very ugly string to display to the user in the default path.

We should patch upstream grub to display a user friendly string in the banner, and hide the full package version in some variable that's available from the GRUB console for debugging purposes.

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Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

This becomes less of an issue when the newly-released grub 2.02 is included, probably in the 18.04 cycle; but we should still clean this up in a future-proof way.

tags: added: id-59e0c8de07617d7507692fef
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Julian Andres Klode (juliank) wrote :
Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
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Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

(considering this not fix-committed until it's been merged)

Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → In Progress
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package grub2 - 2.02-2ubuntu7

grub2 (2.02-2ubuntu7) bionic; urgency=medium

  [ Julian Andres Klode ]
  * debian/patches/shorter_version_info.patch: Only show the upstream version
    in menu and console, and hide the package one in a package_version
    variable. (LP: #1723434)

  [ Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre ]
  * debian/patches/skip_text_gfxpayload_where_not_supported.patch: Skip the
    'text' payload if it's not supported but present in gfxpayload, such as
    on EFI systems. (LP: #1711452)

 -- Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre <email address hidden> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:30:45 -0500

Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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