I'm not a grub expert, but I think the wiki  tells me you don't call
grub-install on a partition (sda1) but on a device (sda).
The grub-install command that should work would therefore be:
grub-install --target=i386-pc /dev/sda1
Steve Downes <***@kingswayelec.co.uk> schrieb am So., 2. Apr. 2017, 21:10:
I don't know what happened to my previous reply, I never got a copy
(It was witten on my tablet because I was working in the house). Here
is an approx copy.
It is not a new laptop, it isn't UEFI.I installed by using a USB
installation key & following the Arch instructions through which
seemed OK until I reached install grup install. I thought all was
The 1 hard disk was formatted as follows:-
/dev/sda split into:-
/dev/sda1 ext4 30gig to hold whole OS
/dev/sda3 ext4 Approx 100G /homegrub
Install command was grub-install --target=i386-pc /dev/sda1
I think that covers it.
On Sun, Apr 02, 2017 at 01:06:19PM +0000, Patrick Eigensatz via
Post by Patrick Eigensatz via arch-general
Can you point out how you configured your system? (How many disks, how they
Do you install grub on an UEFI system? What was the grub-install command
Post by Steve Downes
Can someone point me at what I've missed please:-
I'm doing a new installation of archlinux & got as far as installing
grub apparently without problem. Installing grub gives:-
Failed to get canonical path of `airootfs'
This means nothing to me & I can't find anything. Could use some
guidance before I start again, or even better instead of starting