Devuan bug report logs - #110
devuan-installer: GRUB installation fails on NMVe drives

Package: devuan-installer; Maintainer for devuan-installer is Ralph Ronnquist <>;

Reported by: Olaf Meeuwissen <>

Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:03:02 UTC

Severity: normal

Tags: jessie

Done: "Ralph Ronnquist (rrq)" <>

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From: Olaf Meeuwissen <>
To: Devuan Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: devuan-installer: GRUB installation fails on NMVe drives
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:39:13 +0900
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Package: devuan-installer
Severity: important

Dear Maintainer,

Installing with the devuan_jessie_1.0.0_amd64_NETINST.iso installer
worked like a charm until it tried to install GRUB2.  That failed with

  main-menu[226]: WARNING **: Configuring 'grub-installer' failed with error code 1
  main-menu[226]: WARNING **: Menu-item 'grub-installer' failed.
  main-menu[226]: INFO: Modifying debconf priority limit from 'high' to 'medium'
  debconf: Setting debconf/priority to medium
  lilo-installer: LILO not usable on EFI PCs withouBIOS compatibility: use grub-efi

Comparing with the Debian 8.8.0 and 9.0.0 installers, I found that the
8.8.0 version displayed the same behaviour.  The installer for 9.0.0
worked fine though.

Comparing the grub-installer.udebs I noticed that NVMe drives are not
supported in the Devuan installer.  The attached patch worked fine for
me (UEFI install, encrypted LVM with separate partitions for /home, /var
and /tmp).  I "applied" the patch by executing a shell and editing the
/usr/bin/grub-installer with nano.

The patch as well as some other fixes are included in version 1.140 of
the grub-installer udeb.

# I'm aware of #23 but as that had zero detail of what the problem was I
# decided to submit this as a separate issue.  As this only affects NVMe
# drives, I figured important was good enough a priority.

Hope this helps,
Olaf Meeuwissen, LPIC-2            FSF Associate Member since 2004-01-27
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Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2020 00:11:21 +1100
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Resolved for beowulf ISOs


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