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GRUB Manual: Obtaining and Building GRUB
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B. How to obtain and build GRUB

Caution: GRUB requires binutils- or later because the GNU assembler has been changed so that it can produce real 16bits machine code between 2.9.1 and See http://sourceware.cygnus.com/binutils/, to obtain information on how to get the latest version.

GRUB is available from the GNU alpha archive site ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/grub or any of its mirrors. The file will be named grub-version.tar.gz. The current version is 0.91, so the file you should grab is:


To unbundle GRUB use the instruction:

zcat grub-0.91.tar.gz | tar xvf -

which will create a directory called `grub-0.91' with all the sources. You can look at the file `INSTALL' for detailed instructions on how to build and install GRUB, but you should be able to just do:

cd grub-0.91
make install

This will install the grub shell `grub' (see section 15. Invoking the grub shell), the Multiboot checker `mbchk' (see section 18. Invoking mbchk), and the GRUB images. This will also install the GRUB manual.

Also, the latest version is available from the CVS. The repository is:


and the module is:


The password for anoncvs is empty. So the instruction is:

cvs -d :pserver:anoncvs@subversions.gnu.org:/cvsroot/grub login
Password: ENTER
cvs -d :pserver:anoncvs@subversions.gnu.org:/cvsroot/grub co grub

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