USB drive created as follows (https://wiki.grml.org/doku.php?id=usb#manual_approach):
- two partitions: sda1 formatted as vfat for ESP holding grml, and sda2 formatted as ext2 for
- mounted grml96 2014.11 and copied all files over to sda1
- moved contents of boot/isolinux/ to root of the sda1
- ran syslinux
Drive boots just fine on 32bit and 64bit legacy BIOS systems (to syslinux) and on 64bit systems with
hybrid UEFI/BIOS (using legacy mode to syslinux).
On system with UEFI only (Secure Boot disabled) drive boots only to grub-rescue> prompt with error
stating "Invalid arch-independent ELF magic" while loading normal.mod followed by "E: Could not find
Further investigation shown that hybrid ISO+EFI drive grub sees following devices (listing only
those related to drive itself):
(hd0) iso file system
(hd0,msdos1) fat file system
(hd0,msdos2) ext2 file system
grub-rescue> echo $root
grub-rescue> echo $prefix
After following set of commands grub boots nicely into grml menu and works as expected:
grub-rescue> insmod normal
This is caused by mis-detection of root device in TMP_CONFIG stub here:
cat > "$TMP_CONFIG" <<EOF
search.file /conf/bootid.txt root
echo "E: Could not find root device!"
Where root device is determined using search.file /conf/bootid.txt. This file is present in both
(hd0) and (hd0,msdos1) and grub seems to simply pick the first device from list from which
normal.mod cannot be loaded.
After removing syslinux from drive everything seems to work fine but drive boots only on EFI systems
and I want it bootable on 32bit legacy BIOS systems as well.
Currently it is possible to workaround unbootable state by fixing the root variable manually.