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Boot Info Script 0.61

Boot Info Script 0.61 is released:

  • Add README file.
  • Add --update switch to make it easier to download the last development
    version.
  • Also detect grub2 files when they are located in /grub2 or /boot/grub2.
  • Make sure that BIS is run with bash as shell interpreter.
  • Added --stdout switch: write results to standard output instead of a file.
  • "boot_info_script.sh" file renamed to "bootinfoscript".
  • List EFI boot files.
  • Fix displaying of config file string for some grub2 (v1.99) binaries.
  • New GUIDs added: - new GUID for Linux basic data partition
    - Chrome OS partitions
  • Check for root rights before checking the list of all needed programs, so
    it works also correctly on systems where not all programs are in the $PATH
    variable of a normal user.
  • Detect if xz or lzma is available on the system (replaces unlzma command).
  • Add filesystem info for the detected Windows boot sector code.
  • Fix a crash in BIS which occured when processing a modified grub4dos boot
    loader file which inserts a SLIC table in the ACPI table.
Posted by Gert Hulselmans 2012-04-01

Boot Info Script 0.60

Boot Info Script 0.60 is released:

  • New maintainer: Gert Hulselmans.
  • boot_info_script is now released under the MIT license.
  • Add this CHANGELOG file.
  • Source code changes are now tracked in git:
    http://bootinfoscript.git.sourceforge.net/git/gitweb.cgi?p=bootinfoscript/bootinfoscript;a=summary
  • Big source code reformatting and cleanup of the code and comments.
  • The output file can now be specified by adding the filename as argument:
    bash ./boot_info_script.sh <outputfile>
  • Display help when invoked with the -h, -help or --help switch.
  • Gzip the output file when invoked with the -g or --gzip switch.
    This option will make 2 files: an uncompressed and gzip compressed file.
  • Warn the user if multiple boot_info_script.sh files are found in the same
    directory (file downloaded multiple times with Firefox, Chromium,... ):
    boot_info_script.sh boot_info_script(0).sh boot_info_script(1).sh
  • Add a lot of GUIDs to the GPT Partition type list.
  • Grub support code is rewritten and now handled by one function.
  • Add Grub2 v1.99 support.
  • Display the embedded Grub2/burg config file.
  • Syslinux support added:
    • Check if Syslinux can find its second stage.
    • Display the version number.
    • Display the Syslinux directory in which Syslinux will look first for
      its config file.
    • Display content of Syslinux config file.
    • Display the ADV.
    • List all COM32(R) module files and display the major version number.
  • Support mount paths with spaces.
  • Support more than 26 drives.
  • Add detection for the following MBRs:
    • Different Syslinux MBRs and versions (standard, GPT and ISOhybrid)
    • Diskcryptor
    • FreeDOS
    • SUSE generic MBR
    • Grub4dos
    • WEE
    • XOSL
  • Add detection for grub4dos installed in the PBR.
  • Add detection for FreeDOS PBR code.
  • List additional boot files when found:
    • SYSLINUX/EXTLINUX: ldlinux.sys and extlinux.sys
    • Grub4dos: grldr and grldr.bin
    • burg (Grub2 based): /burg/core.img and /boot/burg/core.img
    • Grub2: added /boot/grub2/core.img as alternative location
    • FreeDOS: kernel.sys
    • DellDiagnostics: dellbio.bin and dellrmk.bin
    • ReactOS: freeldr.sys qnd freeldr.ini
  • Display offset of file on a disk in GB and GiB for Grub(2) and Syslinux.
  • Display embedded config file for Grub4dos/WEE.
  • Add ReactOS support.
  • Most lines in the output file are now 80 characters or less.
  • Prefer gawk above nawk and busybox awk (workaround for bugs in nawk).
Posted by Gert Hulselmans 2011-05-17

Git Version Control system enabled

Git Version Control system is now enabled.
From now you always can get the last development version of Boot Info Script from:
http://bootinfoscript.git.sourceforge.net/git/gitweb-index.cgi

Posted by Gert Hulselmans 2011-02-01

Boot Info Script 0.55

Version 0.55 of the Boot Info Script was released
Added the output of "blkid [hard_drive]" for all detected hard drives.

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2010-02-15

Boot Info Script 0.54

Version 0.54 of the boot info script was released.
Changes:
error messages from sfdisk are no longer displayed in RESULTS.txt
Fixed a problem which caused some hard drives not be processed.
Version and date of the Boot Info Script are now displayed in RESULTS.txt
Version and Date can be displayed via the options "-v", "-V" and "--version"

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2010-02-14

Boo Info Script 0.53

version 0.53 of the boot info script was released.

Uses "sfdisk -s", if available, to avoid a problem caused by "fdisk -s" malfunctioning in some cases.

No longer displays the physical location of boot files on ntfs/fat partitions (since the numbers computed by the current method are wrong)

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2010-02-12

Boo Info Script 0.52

Version 0.52 of the boot info script was released.

Fixed a bug which caused the wrong physical location of boot files to be displayed.

Boot files of zero length are no longer considered.

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2010-02-12

boot_info_script051.sh

Version 0.51 of the boot info script was released. Detection for MS-DOS and Windows 9x was added.

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2010-02-04

boot_info_script050.sh

Version 0.50 of the Boot Info Script was released.
Changes:
If dmraid is installed, the script can search all hard disks managed by dmraid.
Boot files in mounted partitions are no longer displayed twice.
The code was changed, so that the script does not enter an infinite loop when accidentally run via "sh boot_info_script050.sh"

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2010-01-29

Boo Info Script 0.49

Version 0.49 of the boot info script was released.
Changes:
Fixed a bug which caused the blkid information of a partition to be displayed twice in some situations.
Displays "mount" and "blkid" output into a nicer format.
Removed some of the "mount" output, which does not seem to be useful.
No longer displays the "ls: no such file dev/mapper" message.
Detects Linux OS's with a separate /etc partition..
Recognizes hard disks which are formatted as a file system (and have no partition table)

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2010-01-26

boot info script 0.48

Version 0.48 of the boot info script was released.

Added the full output of "blkid -C /dev/null"
Added the output of "ls -R /dev/mapper" (unless it only contains 1 item)

Many thanks to oldfred from ubuntuforums.org for his input.

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2010-01-12

boot info script 0.47

Version 0.47 of the boot info script was released.

The script no longer displays the boot files on vfat file systems twice.

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2010-01-09

boot info script 0.46

Version 0.46 of the boot info script was released.

Change: A stand error message, which was inadvertently displayed in RESULTS.txt, was redirected.

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2010-01-07

boot info script 0.45

Version 0,45 of the boot info script was released.

Changes:

  1. The scripts now checks whether all required programs are installed.

  2. Fixed a bug which prevents the boot information to be displayed if non MS-Dos partition table is present, but not in use.

  3. Fixed a bug which caused the size of md-raid partitions to be computed in blocks rather than sectors.

  4. Results.txt now displays a warning if an extended partition links to another extended partitions. (In such a case, gparted will show the whole hard drive as unallocated and fdisk gives an "omitted empty partition" warning)

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2010-01-07

boot info script 0.44

Version 0.44 of the boot info script has been released.

The script is now able to search Linux Software Raid partitions (as long as the "mdadm" package is installed).

In addition, a couple of minor bucks were fixed.

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2009-12-31

boot info script 0.43

Version 0.43 of the boot_info_script has been released

Parts of the code were changed to avoid potential problems:

1) devices are mounted read only

2) Existing mount point are used as much as possible.

In addition, a misprint which prevented the Media Dell partition to be detected, was fixed.

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2009-12-30

boot info script 0.42

Version 0.42 of the boot info script was released.

Changes:

1) The script detects Bios Boot Partitions.

2) Due to changes in Wubi 9.10 caused by Grub 2, some of the boot files were not detected by earlier versions of the script.

3) The script is now able to search LVM partitions (as long as the "lvm2" package is installed).

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2009-12-20

boot info script 0.41

Version 0.41 of the boot info script has been released. A bug, which in rare cases caused a wrong target partition for Grub2 to be displayed,was fixed.

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2009-12-08

boot info script 0.40

Version 0.40 of the boot info script has been released. The information, for the case that Grub2 is installed without embedded core.img, was improved.

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2009-12-07

boot info script 0.39

Version 0.39 of the boot info script was released. (Just a couple of cosmetic changes)

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2009-12-05

boot info script 0.38

Version 0.38 of the boot info script has been released.

The script is now able to distinguish between Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2009-12-05

boot info script 0.37

Boot info script 0.37 was released.

A bug, which caused the script to hang if Grub 1.97 was installed in the MBR without core.img, was fixed.

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2009-11-28

boot info script 0.36

Previous versions of the boot info script did not handle Grub1.97 correctly when it was installed without embedded core. Release 0.36 fixes this problem.

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2009-11-19

boot info script 0.35

ghulselmans has joint the boot info script project and made the following changes to the boot info script:

  1. Fixed the problem which occurred when the boot info script was run from a folder with a space in its path.

2, added code to set the path for RESULTS.TXT to the home directory of the user, when run from system paths.

  1. Changed order of MBRs (increasing in value)

  2. Added some boot loaders and fixed some others.... read more

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2009-11-19

boot info script 0.33

Version 0.33 of the boot info script has been released.

Support for Grub2 (version 1.97) has been added.

MBR detection for Truecrypt Boot Loader and Master Boot LoaDeR has been added. (Many thanks to ghuselmans)

Posted by Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld 2009-11-13