[PC-BSD Dev] [PC-BSD Testing] First 10-STABLE images now available

Joe Maloney jpm820 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 28 06:48:57 PDT 2013

correct the DVD does boot grub and into the installer normally. I've 
used the method you posted below for getting an arch linux install to 
work on the same hardware.  In theory this should work. Refind does not 
detect grub on the zfs volume I have to either install it on a fat32 
partition or copy it over manually to an HFS+ partition but that is a 
seperate issue I think that can be fixed in refind later.  However mount 
a fat32 partition under /boot/efi and install grub with this command 
refind will see it.

grub-install --target=x86_64-efi --efi-directory=/boot/efi --bootloader-id=grub --recheck --debug

However it will give an error about not being able to find 
hardisk:gpt1.  I know I've gotten this to work in the past with arch 
linux using the extra fat32 partition.  Not ideal I just wanted to see 
if I could get it to work at all before trying to look into fixing 
refind to see grub on the pcbsd zfs partition.

I did notice one thing however although I'm not sure why it would be 
related to the error above.  When running grub-mkconfig -o 
/boot/grub/grub.cfg after generating the grub.cfg the file does not look 
right.  I mean that it doesn't seem to show the kfreebsd stuff to load 
the kernel and the normal, single user mode entries, etc. I've tried 
looking through the pc-sysinstall unmount portion of the source first on 
github to see if anything special was being done other than the above 
command.  Is this anything you might know about as far as why it might 
not be listing the kfreebsd stuff in grub.cfg?

Joe Maloney
On 10/26/2013 16:58, Kris Moore wrote:
> On 10/26/2013 15:39, Joe Maloney wrote:
>> Kris,
>> is there anything new or special you did regarding grub when you built the DVD Image to boot using grub?  The refind boot loader for Mac’s can see’s the PCBSD DVD as Linux however it actually boots into grub.  :)  Unfortunately after install when refind see’s FreeBSD it does not boot grub.  I’m thinking whatever this difference is may also help fix bootcamp support.
>> Joe Maloney
> So the installer does boot grub, then into the installer normally? I
> made the disk with "grub-mkrescue" with the grub2 & grub2-efi ports
> installed.
> I'm not doing anything different yet with grub-install during
> installation. Not sure if you have to do some tweaking to that command
> to "force" it to use EFI mode. It has these two flags which may be of
> some use:
> --target=TARGET
>                install GRUB for TARGET platform [default=current]
> --efi-directory=DIR
>                use DIR as the EFI System Partition root.

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