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Computer enthusiast from France, proud ArchWiki Maintainer, you can hit me up via e-mail or on my talk page for any comments or questions. You can also find me on GitHub.


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From my contributions, you can see I am pretty interested in:


Things I think deserve to be more publicized:

current (2020)

"Stateless" boot with systemd-gpt-generator

It is surprisingly easy to get a basic fully encrypted config to boot without /etc/fstab nor kernel parameters using Systemd#GPT_partition_automounting; the drawback is that we cannot easily specify mount options, be it for the LUKS container or root fs: see my post on systemd mailing list.

Secure Boot easiness

Secure Boot is actually pretty easy to implement in the Secure Boot#Using your own keys configuration. Once the firmware put in "Setup mode", all I had to do was (as root):

mkdir /etc/efi-keys
cd !$
curl -L -O
chmod +x 
# install sbupdate-git from AUR
cat << EOF >> /etc/sbupdate.conf
EXTRA_SIGN=('/efi/EFI/BOOT/BOOTX64.EFI' '/efi/EFI/systemd/systemd-bootx64.efi')  # only needed if using systemd-boot
CMDLINE_DEFAULT="<your kernel cmdline here>"
mkdir -p /etc/secureboot/keys/{db,PK,KEK}
cp /etc/efi-keys/DB.auth /etc/secureboot/keys/db/
cp /etc/efi-keys/PK.auth /etc/secureboot/keys/PK/
cp /etc/efi-keys/KEK.auth /etc/secureboot/keys/KEK/
sbkeysync --verbose
sbkeysync --verbose --pk

And reboot. Note that this setup uses systemd-boot with the ESP mounted on /efi, but direct UEFI loading would only require another step to create the correct UEFI boot entry with efibootmgr. Pretty neat!


Todo (2020)

  • Btrfs: add more details about filesystem creation options and mount options: hash algorithm, compression options and levels, async discard, autodefrag...
  • XFS: follow a more standard article structure (like adding a "Creation" section!!) and clean up the "wiki style" non-compliant bits: done
  • TPM: flesh out the TPM#Using TPM 2.0 section. WIP
  • LVM: incorporate LVM thin instructions... Maybe.