I am following the arch linux install instructions and all goes fine til i hit the section on boot loaders https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/installation_guide . The section on boot loaders just links to a page about the features of boot loaders, but has nothing on that page about configuring boot loaders.

Boot loader
See Category:Boot loaders for available choices and configurations.

Is there an example of how to do this or do I just have to learn about boot loaders? I know not to expect hand holding with arch linux but this seems really obscure. I this an oversight? Where should I be looking to learn more?

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    Have you tried to click on the names of the different boot loaders? Each of em has an own page describing the install and further configuration like here for grub bootloader – Videonauth Nov 11 '17 at 3:05

"...or do I just have to learn about boot loaders?" Yes, that's the whole point of using Arch Linux. You learn how to configure your own system and you end up with a highly configurable system.

Distributions like Antergos and Manjaro give a running desktop based on Arch Linux if you'd prefer to have an already running desktop.

The install guide doesn't give you a default boot loader because different people have different needs. On UEFI systems you don't even need a bootloader while most distributions will use GRUB just in case.

It's my advice since you are just learning to start with GRUB.


  • "Distributions like Antegros" have a completely different philosophy to Arch Linux. – jasonwryan Nov 11 '17 at 4:54
  • After reading the about section of Antergos I would have to agree. Removing that. – jdwolf Nov 11 '17 at 5:00

My recommendation if you are installing Arch Linux on a UEFI system is to use systemd-boot. Systemd-boot is much simpler, because GRUB on UEFI contains a lot of redundant functionality. Systemd-boot is much simpler to configure and understand than GRUB. See the Arch Wiki systemd-boot page for installation instructions.

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