[arch-general] Installing Arch Linux on pure ZFS root

Stanislav Seletskiy s.seletskiy at gmail.com
Thu Apr 4 01:49:22 EDT 2013

On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 7:44 PM, Tom Gundersen <teg at jklm.no> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM, Stanislav Seletskiy
> <s.seletskiy at gmail.com> wrote:
> > In the light of "production ready" ZoL I've tried to install Arch on pure
> > ZFS root (without additional boot partition) and stuck in problem with
> > GRUB2.
> >
> > Current version of GRUB2 is not detecting ZoL in any way ("grub-probe /"
> > does not return zfs, but errors).
> >
> > In the official repo on the github I've numerous see references to patched
> > GRUB of version 1.99 (https://launchpad.net/~zfs-native/+archive/grub), but
> > it is ubuntu only.
> >
> > Does anybody install Arch on ZFS root/boot without additional partitioning?
> > Is it even possible?
> My guess is that this would be painful at least until a grub2 version
> with zfs support is released. A simple solution would be to use a
> separate /boot partition with a more standard filesystem. I'd suggest
> FAT32 or ext4.
> -t

Tom, thanks for answer!

Yes, this solution is proposed in wiki.

But if one, for example, wants to make RAID10 with 4 HDD on pure ZFS
(through pool mirroring), it is needed to take a bit from each one for
boot partition, which is not so beautiful...

I will be glad to see is implementing ZoL support in GRUB2 even planned?

Stanislav Seletskiy

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