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bug#35380: disk-image fails to install efi grub

From: Marius Bakke
Subject: bug#35380: disk-image fails to install efi grub
Date: Fri, 03 May 2019 17:10:29 +0200
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rendaw <address@hidden> writes:

> On 5/3/19 7:17 AM, Marius Bakke wrote:
>> It would be great to have UEFI support in the <virtual-machine> record,
>> mainly for system tests, but I doubt that is what rendaw is after :-)
> Yeah, ideally I'd like secure boot from the flashed media but failing
> that I'd at least like to be moving closer to it (boot without having to
> enable legacy boot).

I see.  Do you know what is needed to enable secure boot with grub-efi?

>> That means you can't just take an operating system hard drive from one
>> EFI system to another.
> I'm absolutely not an expert on UEFI, and it's likely I'm
> misinterpreting some of the more subtle points you wrote, but do you
> have more information on the NVRAM restriction?  I've found a fair
> amount of references to making secure boot and UEFI capable media (USB
> and CD) around the web so I'm surprised it's not possible to make a
> portable UEFI image.  Wouldn't that make it difficult to install UEFI
> bootloaders on blank systems?

To clarify: "grub-efi" will not work to make a portable UEFI
installation.  For that you need "grub-mkstandalone" and place the
resulting executable in "/efi/boot/bootx64.efi" on your EFI System
Partition, like Guix does for disk images:

It would be nice to make this procedure more generally accessible.
Perhaps create a (grub-standalone-bootloader ...) procedure, similar to
(grub-efi-bootloader)?   Then it can be used to create portable EFI
systems straight from your config.scm.

Would you like to give it a go?

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