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    Default 13.1 install fails in grub2 install

    I wrote openSUSE-13.1-DVD-x86_64.iso to a USB flash drive and booted
    a Tyan S2891 with AMD CPU in a 1U server with 4 hard drives.
    The storage controller is a nVidia CK804
    I created a MBR partition table,
    then a 512MB /boot partition on sda1 with ext4, a 48G Linux RAID1 / on sd{a,b,c,d},
    8GB of swap on sd{a,b,c,d},
    and the rest of the hard drives was a Linux RAID6 data partition.
    I picked the default software configuration and proceeded.
    It gets to saving the bootloader configuration and hangs. I switch to the
    console window and see:

    *** Starting YaST2 ***
    Perl-Bootloader: 2014-02-07 13:37:16 yast-1521.1 FileIO::ReadFile.85:
    Error: Failed to open /etc/default/grub_installdevice: No such file or directory
    Perl-Bootloader: 2014-02-07 13:37:16 yast-1521.1 FileIO::ReadFile.85:
    Error: Failed to open /etc/default/grub: No such file or directory
    ...
    Perl-Bootloader: 2014-02-07 13:37:16 yast-1521.1
    Core::GRUB2::GrubDev2UnixDevices.215: Error: did not find a match for hd0 in
    the device map
    sh: /usr/bin/grub2-editenv: No such file or directory
    sh: /usr/bin/grub2-editenv: No such file or directory
    sh: /usr/bin/grub2-editenv: No such file or directory

    Is there a workaround to get GRUB2 properly installed?

    This is very repeatable (indeed I have tried it with many different install
    options). I am guessing that some driver is not being loaded, since 13.1 obviously
    installs fine for most systems, but not this one.

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    Default Re: 13.1 install fails in grub2 install

    Hi eak9000,

    Quote Originally Posted by eak9000 View Post
    ... I created a MBR partition table ...
    you mean during the installation?
    Or before that?

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    Default Re: 13.1 install fails in grub2 install

    Check in BIOS settings if you have floppy controller; if yes, try to disable it. It is known to cause very long delay.

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    Default Re: 13.1 install fails in grub2 install

    Quote Originally Posted by ratzi View Post
    you mean during the installation?
    Or before that?
    During the installation. I clicked on Custom partitioning, then on sda, then Expert, and then Create New Partition Table and checked MSDOS. I wanted to start off fresh.

    I have subsequently tried not using RAID1 on the / partition, but I got the same results. I didn't expect that to make a difference from the error message, but it seemed worth a try.

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    Default Re: 13.1 install fails in grub2 install

    Quote Originally Posted by eak9000 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ratzi View Post
    Hi eak9000,
    Quote Originally Posted by eak9000 View Post
    ... I created a MBR partition table ...
    you mean during the installation?
    Or before that?
    During the installation. I clicked on Custom partitioning, then on sda, then Expert, and then Create New Partition Table and checked MSDOS. I wanted to start off fresh.
    So, in effect, the MBR partition table may not have been created:
    it was earmarked by the installer to be created, yes - but that may have failed.

    Quote Originally Posted by eak9000 View Post
    The storage controller is a nVidia CK804
    Does that one needs a proprietary driver, or does it run natively under Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by eak9000 View Post
    It gets to saving the bootloader configuration and hangs. I switch to the
    console window and see:

    *** Starting YaST2 ***
    Perl-Bootloader: 2014-02-07 13:37:16 yast-1521.1 FileIO::ReadFile.85:
    Error: Failed to open /etc/default/grub_installdevice: No such file or directory
    Perl-Bootloader: 2014-02-07 13:37:16 yast-1521.1 FileIO::ReadFile.85:
    Error: Failed to open /etc/default/grub: No such file or directory
    That to me looks like your RAID can not be accessed by YaST/the openSUSE installer.

    You may get a clue to that by booting a live openSUSE and look if you can access your RAID then.

    Good luck
    Mike

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    Default Re: 13.1 install fails in grub2 install

    Quote Originally Posted by ratzi View Post
    So, in effect, the MBR partition table may not have been created:
    it was earmarked by the installer to be created, yes - but that may have failed.
    fdisk run via the rescue system seems to show something reasonable.


    Quote Originally Posted by ratzi View Post
    Does that one needs a proprietary driver, or does it run natively under Linux?
    Seems to be native. I don't do anything except boot from the install media, and the install GUI clearly sees the disks.


    Quote Originally Posted by ratzi View Post
    That to me looks like your RAID can not be accessed by YaST/the openSUSE installer.

    You may get a clue to that by booting a live openSUSE and look if you can access your RAID then.
    I can access the RAID from the rescue system.

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