[Buildroot] Queries/suggestions regarding patch series "grub2: add support for arm and aarch64"

Sumit Garg sumit.garg at linaro.org
Fri Nov 2 10:53:37 UTC 2018

On Fri, 2 Nov 2018 at 15:34, Thomas Petazzoni
<thomas.petazzoni at bootlin.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> On Tue, 30 Oct 2018 20:23:27 +0100, Erico Nunes wrote:
> > Using PARTUUID seems to be an interesting change. I'd like to hear the
> > opinion of the other Buildroot developers before making this change in
> > this patchset though, since most other platforms in Buildroot are not
> > doing this.
> It is certainly a good idea to use PARTUUID when possible.
> > If there is interest in it, maybe we can do this change for other
> > platforms too and in a separate patchset?
> In general yes. However, my understanding was that it works only with a
> GPT partition table, because only the GPT partition table can embed a
> unique identifier per partition, not the old MBR partition table. But
> apparently this disk-signature thing allows to embed a disk-wide
> identifier, not a per-partition one, so it works only when there's a
> single partition ?

Yes disk-signature is disk-wide identifier. But it could work with
multiple partitions in following manner:

Like the change, I have proposed with disk-signature = 0xDEEDBEEF,
PARTUUID=deedbeef-02 refers to 2nd partition in disk with
corresponding signature.

AFAIK, I don't think partitioning format changes for a particular
device boot sequence if underlying disk changes (usb, sata, mmc etc.).
So "-02" string should remain a constant.


> Best regards,
> Thomas
> --
> Thomas Petazzoni, CTO, Bootlin
> Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering
> https://bootlin.com

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