Grub-1.97 problems

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at
Wed Nov 11 21:21:07 PST 2009

Bruce Dubbs wrote:

> I just had an aha!
> Try rebuilding grub without the --disable-largefile switch.  Your 
> partition is 11G and that probably is causing it to fail.  I don't know 
> what the threshold is.  I'll investigate.

man 2 open

     (LFS) Allow files whose sizes cannot be represented in an off_t
     (but  can  be  represented  in an off64_t) to be opened.

In this case LFS stands for Large File Support.  Doing some Googling, it 
looks like the limit is 2G without Large File Support.

I've always used a standalone /boot partition of 100M or so and haven't 
run into this before.  If omitting --disable-largefile fixes the problem 
for you, then I'll update the book.

    -- Bruce

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