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Re: installation on LVM on LUKS

From: Raffael Mancini
Subject: Re: installation on LVM on LUKS
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 15:33:53 +0100 (CET)

Hi Emmanuel,

You might want to look into adding missing modules to the initramfs 
( I had to do 
this so I could boot a system with Linux MD RAID.

Best regards,


> Emmanuel Beffara <> hat am 02.03.2023 11:25 CET geschrieben:
> Hello,
> I am currently trying to install Guix System on my laptop and I am facing an
> issue with the bootloader configuration.
> I use full-disk encryption with a single encrypted partition, split into
> several logical volumes using LVM, plus an extra non-encrypted partition for
> EFI boot material:
>       nvme0n1              259:0    0 953,9G  0 disk
>       ├─nvme0n1p1          259:1    0 953,4G  0 part
>       │ └─manivelle        254:0    0 953,4G  0 crypt
>       │   ├─storage-swap   254:1    0    32G  0 lvm   [SWAP]
>       │   │ [...]
>       │   └─storage-guix   254:5    0    64G  0 lvm   /
>       └─nvme0n1p2          259:2    0   487M  0 part  /boot
> I attach the system configuration, which I derived from the desktop template.
> Everything installed fine EXCEPT that Grub fails to load its LVM volume, hence
> the root partition is not found. Indeed, the produced grub.cfg has no mention
> of lvm anywhere. If I adjust it by inserting "insmod lvm" somewhere, either at
> the start or in a menuentry, or if I do that by hand in the Grub shell, then
> the system starts and works fine.
> Did I miss something in the configuration ?
> As a related point, this setup requires entering the decryption password
> twice: once so that Grub can load the kernel from the store, and once so that
> the kernel can open the volume itself. I understand the situation is known,
> but it could be avoided, for instance, by copying the kernel and initrd
> somewhere in the EFI partition so that they could be loaded directly. Besides,
> for some reason, Grub is extremely slow at opening the partition: it takes
> around 30 seconds to start after I correctly enter the password, whereas the
> kernel boots in just a few seconds after I enter the password for it.
> Any thoughts on this ?
> -- 
> Emmanuel

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