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

From: Raghav \"RG\" Gururajan
Subject: Re: manage /boot/grub/grub.cfg without installing grub binaries to disk
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 04:27:54 +0000

Hello Guix!

Yes, there should be a way to make "guix system" to generate and maintain grub 
configuration (grub.cfg) in /boot directory but not actually installing the 
bootloader in the disk. It would be awesome, if this can be implemented in 
version 1.0 before it get released.

Raghav "RG" Gururajan.

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:04, Jack Hill <address@hidden> wrote:

> Greetings,

> 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?

> Best,
> Jack

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