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

From: rendaw
Subject: bug#35380: disk-image fails to install efi grub
Date: Sat, 4 May 2019 12:42:39 +0900
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On 5/4/19 12:10 AM, Marius Bakke wrote:
> 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?
So having read your clarification below, I assume this question is about
grub-efi specifically.  I might have been overly specific with my
original report but I would like to boot (uefi with or without secure
boot) with any boot loader, not necessarily grub-efi.  I have no idea
how this is done with grub-efi specifically - some Ubuntu docs suggest
that they use a Microsoft-signed shim loader that operates before 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:
> <https://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/guix.git/tree/gnu/build/vm.scm#n399>.
> 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?
Ah thanks!  I was indeed misunderstanding some of the subtleties in your
previous post, and thanks for the pointers.  Depending on how
straightforward it is I might try my hand implementing it, time
permitting, but it probably wouldn't be for at least a month due to
other priorities.

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