4.1 Chrooting into an existing system
This section details how to chroot to an already installed Guix
System with the aim of reconfiguring it, for example to fix a broken
GRUB installation. The process is similar to how it would be done on
other GNU/Linux systems, but there are some Guix System particularities
such as the daemon and profiles that make it worthy of explaining here.
- Obtain a bootable image of Guix System. It is recommended the latest
development snapshot so the kernel and the tools used are at least as as
new as those of your installed system; it can be retrieved from the
https://ci.guix.gnu.org URL. Follow the see USB Stick and DVD Installation section for copying it to a bootable media.
- Boot the image, and proceed with the graphical text-based installer
until your network is configured. Alternatively, you could configure
the network manually by following the
manual-installation-networking section. If you get the error
‘RTNETLINK answers: Operation not possible due to RF-kill’, try
‘rfkill list’ followed by ‘rfkill unblock 0’, where ‘0’
is your device identifier (ID).
- Switch to a virtual console (tty) if you haven’t already by pressing
simultaneously the Control + Alt + F4 keys. Mount your file
system at /mnt. Assuming your root partition is
/dev/sda2, you would do:
- Mount special block devices and Linux-specific directories:
mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc
mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys
mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev
If your system is EFI-based, you must also mount the ESP partition.
Assuming it is /dev/sda1, you can do so with:
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/boot/efi
- Enter your system via chroot:
- Source your user profile to setup the environment, where
user is the user name used for the Guix System you are attempting
To ensure you are working with the Guix revision you normally would as
your normal user, also source your current Guix profile:
- Start a minimal
guix-daemon in the background:
guix-daemon --build-users-group=guixbuild --disable-chroot &
- Edit your Guix System configuration if needed, then reconfigure with:
guix system reconfigure your-config.scm
- Finally, you should be good to reboot the system to test your fix.