grub / grub2 conflicts

Mark McLoughlin markmc at
Thu Sep 22 16:18:09 UTC 2011

On Thu, 2011-09-22 at 17:00 +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 04:50:16PM +0100, Mark McLoughlin wrote:
> > On Thu, 2011-09-22 at 14:05 +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> > > The grub maintainer is telling you that the way in which you're trying 
> > > to use grub is broken. You *need* to use the grub files that are in 
> > > guest, not the host. This will be even more true with grub 2. It's not a 
> > > matter of disliking the approach, it's a matter of it being demonstrably 
> > > technically incorrect.
> > 
> > There's nothing technically incorrect about the approach, demonstrably
> > or otherwise, if the version of grub in the guest and host is
> > compatible.
> grub provides no mechanism for you to know that, which means you can't 
> reliably know that. Which means relying on them being compatible is 
> incorrect.

You described yourself how libguestfs could check it. And failing
libguestfs doing it, the user could be warned to check it.

But again, all of this orthogonal to the issue of the Conflicts.

Whether the Conflicts is correct is a completely separate discussion
from how libguestfs should use grub and grub2.

Conflating the two discussions makes it appear like the maintainer of
one package is refusing to fix a bug in his package until another
maintainer agrees to change the design of his program to the first
maintainers taste.


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