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manage /boot/grub/grub.cfg without installing grub binaries to disk

From: Jack Hill
Subject: manage /boot/grub/grub.cfg without installing grub binaries to disk
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:04:35 -0500 (EST)
User-agent: Alpine 2.20 (DEB 67 2015-01-07)


This email records some thinking that we had on IRC today. raghavgururajan and I have use cases for a Guix-managed grub.cfg, but without Guix-managed grub boot binaries. This is to support booting a Guix system with an external grub, where there is no place for Guix to install grub. For raghavgururajan, this is because their whole disk is a luks encrypted volume and they are using libreboot's grub. For me, this is for using Grub on the Linode VPS provider that has an external grub and prefers disks that are raw filesystems without partition tables.

We came up with the idea to add an option to the bootloader part of an operating system definition to skip installing the book binaries. Thoughts this idea, what the configuration interface should be, or what the implementation should look like?


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