grub / grub2 conflicts

Mark McLoughlin markmc at
Wed Sep 21 19:39:24 UTC 2011

On Wed, 2011-09-21 at 18:48 +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 06:30:58PM +0100, Mark McLoughlin wrote:
> > On Mon, 2011-09-19 at 20:11 +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> > > The grub package (as provided in Fedora) is not designed for that. This 
> > > would be a much easier discussion to have if you stopped describing 
> > > things that are manifestly true as "not true". And while it is the case 
> > > that grub *is* binary compatible between every version we've ever 
> > > released, it is *not* guaranteed that that remains true, or even that 
> > > it's true between us and any distribution that may be installed in a 
> > > guest.
> > 
> > If libguestfs had code to detect that the guest version was incompatible
> > and failed gracefully with a nice explanation for the user, then there's
> > no problem right?
> To be reliable you'd need to support disassembling the binaries 
> installed and working out what the arguments are meant to look like. 
> This doesn't seem like a great way to spend time.

Not your problem how libguestfs authors spend their time.

Nor whether they actually do this or choose to just warn their users
about potential incompatibility.

> Remember that the incompatibility isn't between libguestfs and the
> guest, it's between the host grub and the guest grub. Both of those
> can change without libguestfs's knowledge.

Sounds like we need a 'Conflicts: libguestfs' in both grub and grub2


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