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[bug #41031] mingw: bad defaults for grub-install

Subject: [bug #41031] mingw: bad defaults for grub-install
Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2013 22:02:53 +0000
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                 Summary: mingw: bad defaults for grub-install
                 Project: GNU GRUB
            Submitted by: qwertial
            Submitted on: Sun 29 Dec 2013 10:02:52 PM GMT
                Category: None
                Severity: Major
                Priority: 5 - Normal
              Item Group: Software Error
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
         Originator Name: 
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             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
                 Release: Git master
         Reproducibility: Every Time
         Planned Release: None



Current default option values make grub-install put GRUB files into the
\boot\grub directory at the root of whichever drive letter grub-install
happens to be run from. This may come as an unpleasant surprise to the user:
the installation could fail with a confusing "disk `hostdisk/\\\\?\\Z:' not
found" message (when e.g. Z: is a drive-mapped network share), or the user
could unwittingly perform a cross-disk install.

A good default for --boot-directory could be "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\" (which usually
would be "C:\", so that GRUB puts itself into "C:\grub"), although there may
be better alternatives.

Or perhaps there should be no default on the platform at all, and grub-install
should always demand specifying both --boot-directory and the boot device.


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