[oi-dev] Upgrade trashes boot loader?

Gordon Ross gordon.w.ross at gmail.com
Sat Apr 7 13:12:32 UTC 2018

I was able to get into the machine and discovered that the serial
console configuration in grub had been commented out, so I simply
couldn't see the boot environment options grub was presenting. That
was apparently an accident of "too many cooks" administering that

With a working console again, I was able to see that, as Bill
suggested, the real problem with my new BE was a missing boot archive.
I was able to create one by copying /platform/i86pc/kernel/unix from
an older BE into the new one and then re-running bootadm
update-archive -R ...

Thanks for the help.

On Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 6:37 PM, Bill Sommerfeld <sommerfeld at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> On 04/06/2018 03:08 PM, Toomas Soome wrote:
>>> On 7 Apr 2018, at 00:52, Gordon Ross <gordon.w.ross at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I just upgraded an older OI server to hipster (it was still running
>>> /dev) and after the upgrade it does not seem to have a boot loader.  I
>>> just changed the publisher, and did pkg image-update on a new BE.
>>> Did I do something wrong?
>>> The machine is in an office far away, so I'll have to wait until
>>> someone can put in a bootable usb stick for me.  Anything I should
>>> capture about the state of it before I reinstall the boot loader?
>>> Thanks,
>>> Gordon
>> uh, from dev… direct update to latest … I’m not really even sure it will
>> work (properly). it used to require update to hipster-something first. Since
>> /dev has only knowledge about  grub, there should not be any weirdness
>> related.
> I did this (dev to hipster) recently.
> I started off by following this page:
> https://wiki.openindiana.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=30802657
> I did an intermediate update to the hipster-2015 repo and still ran into a
> hiccup or three along the way.
> One thing I encountered in the second stage (2015->2018) of the update was
> that a hipster-2015 bootadm update-archive running on a hipster-2018
> alternate root doesn't produce functional archives (because the new system
> only has 64-bit kernel parts).
> I got past that one by booting an old BE, mounting the new BE, and then
> running bootadm from the new BE to rebuild the archives.
> This was apparently fixed by https://www.illumos.org/issues/8142 ; to get
> past it cleanly you need to update to a build with the fix for 8142 before
> updating to a 64-bit-only build.
> Further discussion here:
> https://illumos.topicbox.com/groups/developer/T85e0d0e98c4ace79-Mf659b423c69e5031a17825b5
> This should probably be added to the flag day notices at
> https://wiki.illumos.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=1147745
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