grub: highlighted entry blinks in text mode

Bug #527334 reported by Pavel Roskin on 2010-02-24
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
grub2 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: grub2

If grub is set to use text mode (GRUB_TERMINAL=console uncommented in /etc/default/grub), the highlighted entry of grub is blinking. This happens because of this line from /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme:

set menu_color_highlight=black/white

Bright background is not safe to use. The same bit can be interpreted as a blinking attribute. The BIOS default is blinking. I'm seeing it on Toshiba Satellite 1800. Maybe things have changes since then.

To eliminate blinking, following line should be used instead:

set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Wed Feb 24 16:07:14 2010
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
Package: grub-pc 1.97~beta4-1ubuntu4.1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-19.56-generic
SourcePackage: grub2
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-19-generic i686
 (gnome-settings-daemon:1378): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_propagate_error: assertion `src != NULL' failed
 (gnome-settings-daemon:1378): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_propagate_error: assertion `src != NULL' failed
 (nautilus:1435): Eel-CRITICAL **: eel_preferences_get_boolean: assertion `preferences_is_initialized ()' failed
 (polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1:1440): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_once_init_leave: assertion `initialization_value != 0' failed
 (gnome-panel:1434): Gtk-WARNING **: gtk_widget_size_allocate(): attempt to allocate widget with width -3 and height 24

Pavel Roskin (proski) wrote :
Pavel Roskin (proski) wrote :
tags: added: patch
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

Thanks! Committed for my next upload.

Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package grub2 - 1.98~20100128-1ubuntu4

grub2 (1.98~20100128-1ubuntu4) lucid; urgency=low

  [ Colin Watson ]
  * Update DM-RAID probing patch, removing some cruft.
  * Add patch from Colin King to shave eight bytes off the
    pre-partition-table part of boot.img.
  * Don't display "GRUB loading" unless Shift is held down.
  * Use light-gray as the default background for highlighted menu entries;
    white is not safe because some systems interpret the top bit as blink
    (thanks, proski; LP: #527334).
  * Adjust versions of grub-doc and grub-legacy-doc conflicts to tolerate
    our backport of the grub-doc split (LP: #493968).
  * Optimise hostdisk device handling, substantially speeding up grub-probe
    filesystem reads (LP: #425650).
 -- Colin Watson <email address hidden> Wed, 03 Mar 2010 20:33:03 +0000

Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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