[arch-general] UEFI madness

David Benfell benfell at parts-unknown.org
Sat Mar 2 04:26:35 EST 2013

On 03/02/2013 10:32 AM, Mike Cloaked wrote:
> which works really beautifully and needs no manual intervention when new
> kernels arrive.  However it did take me some time with a lot of help from
> Rod Smith to get it all set up correctly.
> Basic steps were:
> 1) Format disks with GPT instead of MSDOS
> 2) Make sure that there is a /boot/efi/EFI ESP which is formatted FAT32
> 3) Since I also wanted /boot to contain initial ramdisk and kernel I had
> /boot as a directory in my root (/) partition which is ext4.
> 4) In order to get it to work I made sure that the rEFInd config files were
> set up in the ESP as well as the required files in /boot (and including the
> ext4 rEFInd driver files in the ESP so that rEFInd can read the initrd and
> kernel files unde ext4 in /boot (and include the rEFInd driver files in
> those directories also.
> 5) In my system I found that the standard method to write the nvram entries
> failed to work - so I had to boot to the efi shell from the arch install
> iso on usbkey and write the nvram entries from the shell.
> If you want more details I can post more tomorrow.
> I hope this helps.
Of these, step 4 seems to me to be undocumented. And I'm assuming I
don't need to worry about step 5 unless it bites me? How will I know?


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