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Supported Scenarios

The goal of this document is to have a single source of information which scenarios are supported by yast2-bootloader.


  • grub2
  • grub2-efi
    • only for UEFI boot
    • only with GPT (see bug)
  • none

Partition table

storage configuration

  • software RAID
    • /boot cannot be on RAID unless it is RAID1
    • cannot have stage1 on MD RAID1, so when /boot is on RAID1, then boot from MBR have to be used
  • LVM
    • /boot cannot be encrypted (not bootloader limitation see bug)
    • LVM can contain volumes on partition-less disks as long as at least one volume lives on partition and disk with such volume is first in boot order. see bug
  • multipath
  • Device mapper
  • local hard disk (including USB/ieee1394)
  • local (hardware) RAID array of any type
  • BIOS-RAID (handled via DM-RAID or MD RAID)
  • iSCSI server with persistent IP address / disk identification
  • NFSv3,v4 share on server with fixed IP address


  • x86
  • x86_64
  • ppc64(le and be)
  • s390x
    • /boot/zipl must be on ext fs ( unless upgraded from working zipl configuration )
    • only GRUB2

Stage1 locations

  • MBR of disk where is /boot
  • MBR of identical disks in MD RAID if it contains /boot fate
  • /boot
  • extended partition
    • /boot has to be on a logical partition

Required packages

As we've previously mentioned, we have 3 options for bootloaders: grub2, grub2-efi, and none. The bootloader option, the system configuration, and its architecture will define the required packages. Besides that, the system will always require the package kexec-tools unless the installation is happening through a live medium.


This is the most common option and requires grub2. There is also special cases that may require additional packages:

  • Generic mbr binary files will require the package syslinux.
  • If using trusted boot option, systems with x86_64 and i386 architectures will require the packages trustedgrub2 and trustedgrub2-i386-pc.


This option requires packages based on the architecture of the system:

  • i386 architecture requires: grub2-i386-efi.
  • x86_64 architecture requires: grub2-x86_64-efi. If secure boot is used, it also requires shim and mokutil.
  • arm architecture requires: grub2-arm-efi.
  • aarch64 architecture requires: grub2-arm64-efi.


This option has no additional package requirement.