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bug#20024: grub store is not copied to target system

From: Tomáš Čech
Subject: bug#20024: grub store is not copied to target system
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:50:10 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2011-07-01)

On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 11:54:53AM +0100, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
Tomáš Čech <address@hidden> skribis:

On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 08:58:07AM +0100, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
Tomáš Čech <address@hidden> skribis:


Shouldn't `grub' be in `%base-packages'?

It could be there; OTOH, we don’t want to encourage users to bypass
‘reconfigure’.  WDYT?

Aha! Now it makes sense!

Yes, you're right, but there is also chance that after initialization of
GuixSD and reboot you will have no way back to original distribution.

As I wrote before, once you’ve booted into GuixSD, chances are that the
original distro on that partition is in a bad state because GuixSD has
fiddle with /etc and other global directories.

Irrelevant. As I wrote before - I have two separate partitions with root
filesystem. Problem is that when `guix system init' takes care of grub

After my installation I got into state where Guix couldn't access network so
`guix system reconfigure' was not possible and my graphic card needs some
special care during boot to make KMS work (which I was hardly googling on
tablet to fix it).

Could you explain the KMS issue in a separate thread?

Irrelevant. It is not related to Guix and it may be even fixed already in

We could just add note in documentation that one can add grub as system
package as safety belt and remove it when confirmed it works. OTOH this may
encourage users to bypass reconfigure even more.

It’s enough to modify grub.cfg.  GRUB itself is not needed.

But anyway, the take-home message is that if you run ‘guix system init’
on your current root, then you can assume the former distro to no longer
be bootable.

No, I'm initializing GuixSD root filesystem, not the Gentoo one.

Lets just stop to avoid further confusion.

I take it that my usecase is corner case and I should add grub as system
package by myself. My goal was to consider providing grub and you have your
reasons. And it looks like I have too weird setup - separate /boot, LVM,
bootloader chainloading. I have found my way to workaround it.

Please close the bug.

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