grub / grub2 conflicts

Matthew Garrett mjg59 at
Thu Sep 22 16:37:39 UTC 2011

On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 05:18:09PM +0100, Mark McLoughlin wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-09-22 at 17:00 +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> > 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.

I described something that is, practically speaking, impossible.

> 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.

There is no rational reason to have grub and grub2 installed on the same 
system at once, and having them both there increases the complexity of 
the system.

> 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.

There's no bug in grub.
Matthew Garrett | mjg59 at

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