savedefault not default in update-grub

Bug #216178 reported by Jisakiel
This bug affects 3 people
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grub2 (Ubuntu)
Colin Watson

Bug Description

Binary package hint: grub2

Running hardy, updated to grub2 to test it. Savedefault equivalent in grub2, if it exists, is not present in the default update-grub configuration (/etc/default/grub I'm guessing). Would be useful, certainly.

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Daniel T Chen (crimsun)
Changed in grub2:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

The current iteration of the patch to add this feature to grub2 is here:

Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Colin Watson (cjwatson)
status: Confirmed → In Progress
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package grub2 - 1.97~beta1-1ubuntu2

grub2 (1.97~beta1-1ubuntu2) karmic; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/953_no_eh_frame.diff: Build with -fno-dwarf2-cfi-asm to
    stop gcc-4.4 generating .eh_frame sections that cause core.img to be too
    big to embed in some common cases (LP: #423412).
  * debian/patches/954_normal_quiet.diff: Don't display introductory message
    about line editing unless we're actually offering a shell prompt.
  * debian/patches/955_really_quiet.diff: Remove some verbose messages
    printed before reading the configuration file. In some ways this is
    awkward because it makes debugging harder, but it's a requirement for a
    smooth-looking boot process; we may be able to do better in future (LP:
  * debian/patches/956_linux_quiet.diff: If the environment variable "quiet"
    is set to something other than 1, suppress progress messages as the
    kernel and initrd load. Set this for non-recovery kernel menu entries
    (LP: #386922).
  * debian/patches/957_savedefault.diff: Add GRUB_DEFAULT=saved, as well as
    grub-set-default and grub-reboot utilities. Provides functionality
    essentially equivalent to GRUB Legacy's savedefault (LP: #216178).
  * debian/rules, debian/ Install grub-reboot and
    grub-set-default only in grub-common.
  * Add tag information to old Ubuntu patches.

 -- Colin Watson <email address hidden> Fri, 04 Sep 2009 15:02:36 +0100

Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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drs305 (drs305) wrote :


I have been playing with "GRUB_DEFAULT=saved" today following the latest grub2 update.

40_custom doesn't seem to incorporate this setting.
One thing I noticed is that in the 10_linux section the following line is imported correctly into grub.cfg:


However, when I update grub.cfg, the same line in my 40_custom file is imported as follows and the selection is not retained i.e. the "${chosen}" portion is not imported. Rather, it is imported as:


If I manually edit grub.cfg (for troubleshooting only) and change the line to the same as the 10_linux entries ( saved_entry=${chosen} ), the previous grub selection is retained on rebooting.

I don't know if this is a bug or by design. Thanks.

Package: grub2
Priority: extra
Section: universe/admin
Installed-Size: 256
Maintainer: Ubuntu Core Developers <email address hidden>
Original-Maintainer: GRUB Maintainers <email address hidden>
Architecture: amd64
Version: 1.97~beta1-1ubuntu3

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Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote : Re: [Bug 216178] Re: savedefault not default in update-grub

40_custom doesn't do anything by default, of course. If you've written a
custom script there, I suggest that you use the save_default_entry
function that's now provided by grub-mkconfig_lib. See the other scripts
in /etc/grub.d/ for examples.

It sounds like you tried to do the same thing by hand and got the
quoting wrong. If you use the provided function, you'll avoid this

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totzo (tim) wrote :

Cheers! I've got it working now.

For anyone who chances upon this thread, my 40_custom looks like this, I don't know if this is correct but it seems to work fine for now:

#! /bin/sh -e

. ${libdir}/grub/grub-mkconfig_lib
echo "Adding My Custom Entries" >&2
cat << EOF
menuentry "Windows" {
  save_default_entry | sed -e "s/^/\t/"
  cat << EOF
 insmod ntfs
 set root=(hd1,1)
 search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set c73e96cf907ef733
 chainloader +1

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Daniel Albers (al) wrote :

The patch doesn't provide "savedefault fallback" functionality yet, does it?

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