[lfs-book] [LFS Trac] #4042: grub-2.02 (was: grub-2.02~rc2)

LFS Trac trac at linuxfromscratch.org
Wed Apr 26 10:03:27 PDT 2017


#4042: grub-2.02
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 Reporter:  renodr  |       Owner:  lfs-book@…
     Type:  task    |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal  |   Milestone:  8.1
Component:  Book    |     Version:  SVN
 Severity:  normal  |  Resolution:
 Keywords:          |
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Old description:

> New release candidate.

New description:

 After five years, a new version.

 New in 2.02:

 * New/improved filesystem and disk support:
   * Big-endian UFS1.
   * Experimental 64-bit ext2 support.
   * Various fixes for non-512-byte sector devices.
   * New `proc' filesystem framework, used by LUKS disks.
   * Fix DM-RAID partition handling.
   * New `nativedisk' command to switch from firmware to native disk
 drivers.
   * Compressed HFS+.
   * DragonFly BSD labels.
   * CBFS (coreboot).
   * Handle partitioned LVM properly.
   * Use LVM UUIDs whenever possible.
   * GPT PReP.
   * New `progress' module that shows progress information while reading
     files.
   * ZFS features support.
   * ZFS LZ4 support.
   * XFS V5 format support.
   * LVM RAID1 support.

 * New/improved terminal and video support:
   * Monochrome text (matching `hercules' in GRUB Legacy).
   * Morse code output using system speaker.
   * `spkmodem' output (simple data protocol using system speaker).
   * Handle Japanese special keys.
   * coreboot framebuffer.
   * Serial on ARC.
   * Native vt100 handling for grub-emu, replacing the use of the curses
     library.
   * New gfxmenu options for terminal window positioning, theme background
     image handling, and scrollbar padding, plus `item_pixmap_style' and
     `highlight_overlay'.
   * Support several more image types (paletted and greyscale).

 * Boot protocol improvements:
   * Support Apple FAT binaries on non-Apple platforms.
   * Improve FreeDOS direct loading support compatibility.
   * Enable `linux16' on all x86 platforms, not just BIOS.
   * New TrueCrypt ISO loader.
   * multiboot2 boot-services EFI specification.
   * multiboot2 EFI memory map specification.
   * multiboot2 full-file specfication.

 * New/improved network support:
   * New variables `net_default_*' containing properties of the default
     interface.
   * Autoload `http' and `tftp' modules if necessary.
   * Improve TFTP robustness.
   * Parse `nd' disk names in GRUB Legacy configuration files.
   * Issue separate DNS queries for IPv4 and IPv6.
   * Support IPv6 Router Advertisement to configure default router.
   * New variable net_<interface>_next_server containing next server
     from BOOTP reply.

 * Coreboot improvements:
   * CBFS support both in on-disk images (loopback) and flash.
   * Ability to launch another payload from flash or disk
   * Coreboot framebuffer
   * CBMEMC support (both logging and inspecting logs)
   * Command for inspecting coreboot timestamps (`coreboot_boottime').
   * Command for inspecting coreboot tables (`lscoreboot').
   * New target default_payload.elf.
   * Increased maximal core size.
   * Prefer pmtimer for TSC calibration.

 * New/improved platform support:
   * New `efifwsetup' and `lsefi' commands on EFI platforms.
   * New `cmosdump' and `cmosset' commands on platforms with CMOS support.
   * New command `pcidump' for PCI platforms.
   * Improve opcode parsing in ACPI halt implementation.
   * Use the TSC as a possible time source on i386-ieee1275.
   * Merge PowerPC grub-mkrescue implementation with the common one.
   * Support grub-mkrescue on i386-ieee1275, sparc64, bootinfo machines
 such
     as pSeries, and mips-arc.
   * Make grub-mkrescue better support Apple Intel Macs on CD.
   * Enable GRUB Legacy configuration file parsing on EFI.
   * Support halt for Loongson 2E.
   * ARM U-Boot and EFI ports.
   * Reorganise platform-dependent code in utilities to avoid #ifdef mess.
   * AROS and Haiku support for userspace utilities.
   * Xen PV port.
   * Fix EFI stack alignment.
   * ARM64 EFI port.
   * On Linux, read partition start offsets from sysfs if possible.
   * New grub-macbless utility, and better integration with Mac firmware in
     grub-install.
   * Support Yeeloong 3A.
   * Add `cpuid --pae' option to detect Physical Address Extension on x86.
   * Support for USB debug dongles.
   * Support for *-emu on all platforms (previously only i386/x86_64
 worked).
   * Support *-emu on Windows.
   * New platform `none' which builds only user level utilities. This is
 now
     default if target CPU is not supported.
   * Support for booting little-endian Linux kernel on powerpc.
   * Support network boot with Oracle sun4v vnet devices.
   * Added SAS disks to the IEEE 1275 Open Firmware device list.
   * Try multiple methods for TSC (timestamp counter) calibration - PIT,
 pmtimer,
     EFI Stall. If everything fails, use hardcoded frequency 800MHz.
   * Support Hyper-V Gen2 platforms which lack PIT for TSC calibration.
   * Map UEFI Persistent Memory to E820 persistent memory.
   * New Xen loader on ARM64.
   * Respect alignment requirement for block device IO buffers on EFI.

 * Security:
   * Add optional facility to enforce that all files read by the core image
     from disk have a valid detached digital signature.

 * Performance:
   * Avoid costly division operations in many places.
   * New boot time analysis framework (`./configure --enable-boot-time').
   * Initialise USB ports in parallel.
   * New `testspeed' command to test file read speed.
   * Speed-up gfxterm by storing intermediate results in more compact
 format.
   * Lazy LVM/mdraid scan.
   * Disk hints.

 * Scripting:
   * New `eval' and `tr' commands.
   * grub-script-check fails on scripts containing no commands.

 * Installation and other utility improvements:
   * Add option to compress files on installation or image creation.
   * Using grub-reboot no longer requires setting `GRUB_DEFAULT=saved'.
   * Support probing EFI System Partition (requires os-prober >= 1.58).
   * Fix inconsistent use of `GRUB_CRYPTODISK_ENABLE' and
     `GRUB_ENABLE_CRYPTODISK'; the latter is now used consistently.
   * grub-mount handles symbolic links to directories.
   * Support disabling submenus with `GRUB_DISABLE_SUBMENU' configuration
 key
     for grub-mkconfig.
   * grub-install, grub-mknetdir, grub-mkrescue, and grub-mkstandalone
     rewritten in C.  They should now work in supported non-Unix-like
     environments.
   * Native mingw support.
   * Ability to install on EFI under windows.
   * Reorganise timeout handling using new `timeout_style' environment
     variable and `GRUB_TIMEOUT_STYLE' configuration key for grub-mkconfig.
     Menu hotkeys pressed during a hidden timeout now boot the
 corresponding
     menu entry immediately.
   * New `file' command and grub-file utility to check file types.
   * New syslinux configuration file parser.
   * Set menu entry class to primary OS name returned by os-prober to
 display
     OS specific icon.
   * On Linux x86 detect EFI word size in grub-install and automatically
 select
     correct platform (x86_64-efi or i386-efi) to install. Requires Linux
 kernel
     4.0 or higher.

 * Build system:
   * Remove all uses of nested functions; GRUB no longer requires an
     executable stack.
   * Fix documentation build with Texinfo >= 5.1.
   * More robust and documented cross-compiling support.
   * Partial clang support for some platforms (experimental).
   * Partial mingw64 x86_64-efi compile support (highly experimental).
   * Partial mingw32 i386-* (other than already present i386-pc)
     compile support (highly experimental).
   * Support for grub-mkpasswd on Windows.
   * Eliminate the use of AutoGen.  This allowed some performance
     improvements to the build system.
   * Remove variable length arrays.
   * OpenBSD compile and tools support (NetBSD and FreeBSD were already
 supported).
   * Fix build with FreeType >= 2.5.1.
   * Make gentpl.py compatible with Python 3.  It now requires at least
     Python 2.6.
   * modinfo.sh contains build information now.
   * Added many new tests to improve robustness.
   * Target is built without libgcc now. Necessary builtins are
 reimplemented
     directly. This removes requirement for target-specific runtime on
 build
     system.
   * emu libusb support removed (was broken and unmaintained).
   * powerpc64le compile support.
   * Use fixed timestamp when generating GRUB image for reproducible
 builds.
   * Verify at build time that modules contain only supported relocations
 and their
     structure matches what boot-time module loader expects.
   * Do not require fonts on powerpc-ieee1275.

 * Revision control moved to git.

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Comment (by bdubbs@…):

 Built in basic LFS chroot environment using current instructions:

 GRUB2 will be compiled with following components:
 Platform: i386-pc
 With devmapper support: No (need libdevmapper header)
 With memory debugging: No
 With disk cache statistics: No
 With boot time statistics: No
 efiemu runtime: No (explicitly disabled)
 grub-mkfont: No (need freetype2 library)
 grub-mount: No (need FUSE library)
 starfield theme: No (No build-time grub-mkfont)
 With libzfs support: No (need zfs library)
 Build-time grub-mkfont: No (need freetype2 library)
 Without unifont (no build-time grub-mkfont)
 With liblzma from -llzma (support for XZ-compressed mips images)

 Current instructions seem to work, but I have not yet tested grub-install
 directly, however I did have /boot bind mounted to /mnt/lfs/boot so
 /boot/grub files (but not grub.cfg) were overwritten.

 Man pages are not installed because help2man is not available in chroot.

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