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WIP: manual: add missing steps to NIXOS_LUSTRATE instructions #91164

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jacg commented Jun 20, 2020

Motivation for this change

Crucial steps missing from the manual. See #49520.

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  • Tested using sandboxing (nix.useSandbox on NixOS, or option sandbox in nix.conf on non-NixOS linux)
  • Built on platform(s)
    • NixOS
    • macOS
    • other Linux distributions
  • Tested via one or more NixOS test(s) if existing and applicable for the change (look inside nixos/tests)
  • Tested compilation of all pkgs that depend on this change using nix-shell -p nixpkgs-review --run "nixpkgs-review wip"
  • Tested execution of all binary files (usually in ./result/bin/)
  • Determined the impact on package closure size (by running nix path-info -S before and after)
  • Ensured that relevant documentation is up to date
  • Fits CONTRIBUTING.md.

My knowledge of this area is very superficial, but I have verified that without the steps outlined in #49520 the lustration process fails (leading to an unbootable system dropping into grub rescue), and that with these steps lustration succeeds.

I have therefore added the aforementioned steps to the manual.

I would welcome help from someone more knowledgeable in this area to:

  • Add commentary to the steps
  • Check whether a more optimal sequence of steps can be found.
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nixos-discourse commented Jun 23, 2020

This pull request has been mentioned on NixOS Discourse. There might be relevant details there:

https://discourse.nixos.org/t/prs-in-distress/3604/29

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rnhmjoj commented Jun 30, 2020

I'm not familiar with this process, so I can say these instructions require an explanation on what's going on.

For instance, I would mention to backup and recreate the bootloader, and I would do this by copying with cp -r /boot. I don't understand what simply moving /boot would achive, as everything under /boot/efi would get wiped anyway. Or am I misunderstanding this?

Also, /dev/nvme0n1p1 is the name, specifically, of your disk: this should be made clear or abstracted away from the instruction.

Finally, is this procedure applicable/different under a non-EFI system? This should be mentioned.

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