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ZIPL failure with grub2-install command

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When upgrading the kernel or recreating the initrd on s390x using grub2-install command,
following error might appear:

Using config file '/boot/zipl/config' (from command line)
Error: The length of the parameters line (1755 bytes) exceeds the allowed maximum (896 bytes)
/sbin/zipl: Failed
grub2-install: error: `grub2-zipl-setup' failed.

The first size inside the brackets can be anything over 896 bytes . 
The second size inside the brackets is always 896 bytes .


Edit /etc/default/grub file .
There is GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT definition that is unreasonably long.
Could be that the same parameter is repeated.
Clean the definition and leave the only bare minimum required.
Retry kernel update / grub2-install command .


Grub2-install command uses /etc/default/grub file for template information to generate  /boot/zipl/config file,
and then uses zipl using that file.
If the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT definition is too long that fouls up the command.


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  • Document ID:000019893
  • Creation Date: 01-Mar-2021
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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