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Recently I've installed CentOS 7 on my pc, previously I had debian 7 and manjaro installed. When I installed manjaro I overwrote the bootloader of debian and manjaro's grub recognized the two systems and all worked perfectly, now that I installed CentOS I overwrote /boot/efi and the new grub recognized the three systems but only CentOS works. When I try to boot debian or manjaro the following message appears:

error: cant't find command linux
error: cant't find command initrd
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  • CentOS probably cleared the MBR with its own. May need to fix off a live cd Commented Apr 15, 2015 at 2:49
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    Do you have Secure Boot enabled? In that case, CentOS GRUB might be restricted to using only the linuxefi and initrdefi keywords instead of plain linux and initrd.
    – telcoM
    Commented Nov 20, 2018 at 21:50

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The problem is the linux and initrd command used in /boot/efi/EFI/centos/grub.cfg is not found in your centos (or any default boot OS).

You must replace the linux to linuxefi and initrd to initrdefi inside the grub.cfg file.So follow this operatins:

1 - boot to your centos terminal

2 - install grub2-efi

# yum install grub2-efi

4 - open the /boot/efi/EFI/centos/grub.cfg using a text editor.

# vi /boot/efi/EFI/centos/grub.cfg

note: if grub.cfg did not exist try to /boot/grub2/grub.cfg... if was not exist too, try to generate that: # grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/efi/EFI/centos/grub.cfg

5 - find all linux command and replace to linuxefi. So, find all initrd command and replace to initrdefi

befor edit saples

linux /boot/vmlinuz-0-rescue-d1268bb1d6df49758a1ec5715984725c root=/dev/sda1
initrd /boot/initramfs-0-rescue-d1268bb1d6df49758a1ec5715984725c.img

after edit sample :

linuxefi /boot/vmlinuz-0-rescue-d1268bb1d6df49758a1ec5715984725c root=/dev/sda1
initrdefi /boot/initramfs-0-rescue-d1268bb1d6df49758a1ec5715984725c.img

6 - reboot

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  • I have been struggling for hours with an EFI system that wouldn't boot, and this finally made the difference. (Why isn't it documented anywhere?) Thank you. Commented Mar 30, 2023 at 0:35

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