Ive just installed a fresh new instance of arch-linux on my old iMac. Unfortunately, the apple default efi bootloader isn't be able to load the efi-entry.

My partitions are:

#1 EFI
#2 Mac OS X
#3 Rescure Mac
#4 boot (my /boot-partition for linux)
#5 encrypted

partition 5 is my enrypted partition, which contains the lvm volume-group which contains 3 partitions (root, home and swap).

I've mounted efi (#1) on /boot/efi. In boot, there is my kernel-image vmlinuz-linux. In /boot/efi/loader/entries/arch-encrypted.conf, I've edited the file so the option "linux" has /vmlinuz-linux. Now it looks like that:

title          Arch Linux
linux          /vmlinuz-linux
initrd         /initramfs-linux.img
options        encrypteddevice=UUID=<UUID of partition #5>:lvm root=/dev/mapper/vg--base-lv--root quiet rw

But now when Im rebooting my system, arch isn't booting but an error message will get printed containing "\vmlinuz-linux can't be found".

I guess this is so because the linux-image is located on an different partition but this efi-entry points to the efi-partition where the entry is located itselv.

Can anybody help me with this please?

1 Answer 1


You probably answered your own question. The paths in the .conf file are relative to the root of the ESP, and no other partitions are known at this stage. vmlinuz-linux (et al.) are put in /boot by pacman, and if /boot/efi (the ESP) is mounted under /boot they are on different partitions.

You could merge the partitions so that the ESP is mounted on boot. For other solutions, see EFI System Partition.

  • Thanks for the answer! So would it be possible to format the /boot-partition as vfat/fat32 so that efi could get installed as well as the linux boot images? Oct 6, 2016 at 10:39
  • This article and several others at Rod's excellent site might help you understand what's going on. Oct 6, 2016 at 11:03
  • Yes, you can of course re-format the /boot partition, but even simpler is to move the files in /boot to your ESP and mount that partition as /boot. Oct 6, 2016 at 11:21

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