Fix for refind-install script to handle a wider range of disk devices,
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1 0.10.4 (?/??/2016):
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4 - Tweaked refind-install to do a better job of detecting disks other
5 than /dev/sd? and /dev/hd? devices.
7 0.10.3 (4/24/2016):
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10 - Altered RPM & Debian installation scripts so as to NOT call sbsign if
11 Secure Boot is disabled. This is a response to Ubuntu bug #1574372
12 ( In
13 Ubuntu 16.04, the sbsign program is segfaulting randomly, which prevents
14 proper installation of the program. This change at least permits proper
15 installation IF Secure Boot is disabled.
17 - Changed description of BIOS/CSM/legacy OS loaders on Macs to include the
18 string "(Legacy)", so as to more easily identify BIOS/CSM/legacy-mode OSes
19 in the rEFInd main menu.
21 - Added recognition of the fwupx64.efi file as a firmware update tool.
22 This filename is excluded from the first-row launchers, and is instead
23 presented on the second row, controlled by the "fwupdate" item on the
24 "showtools" option line. It's enabled by default. Note that it's still a
25 bit unclear to me how this tool is supposed to be used. rEFInd launches it
26 with no options, but if it should take options, this will have to be
27 changed in the future.
29 - Tightened exclusion of shell binary filenames from boot loader scan.
30 Previously, any filename containing the substring "shell" was excluded
31 from scans. Now it's tighter; only files matching one of the filenames in
32 the constant SHELL_NAMES in main.c are excluded. This change will enable
33 programs with names that include "shell", but that aren't in rEFInd's
34 SHELL_NAMES list, such as "shelly.efi", to be shown in the rEFInd main
35 menu.
37 - Fixed bug in NTFS driver that caused it to hang (and thus hang the
38 computer) in some situations, particularly when a file on an NTFS volume
39 had many fragments and when the computer's CSM was activated. (Fix
40 courtesy of "S L.")
42 - Modified SIP/CSR rotation code: If the csr-active-config EFI variable is
43 missing AND the firmware is Apple (as identified by the string "Apple"
44 being present in the ST->FirmwareVendor string), rEFInd treats the
45 computer as one on which SIP is available and set to the "enabled" state
46 (0x10). The upshot is that the SIP/CSR tool will appear if the showtools
47 and csr_values options are set appropriately in refind.conf, even if the
48 csr-active-config variable is missing from the NVRAM. The point of this
49 change is that I've received reports of some Macs that run OS X 10.11 but
50 that lack this variable. OS X acts as if SIP were enabled, but rEFInd is
51 then unable to disable SIP. This change gives rEFInd the ability to
52 disable SIP on such systems. The drawback is that the variable might be
53 set on some systems that don't run OS X 10.11. This should be harmless
54 from a technical point of view, but the presence of SIP indicators in
55 rEFInd could be confusing.
57 - Added refind-mkdefault script to simplify resetting rEFInd as the default
58 boot program in Linux. The intent is to run this after GRUB, Windows, OS
59 X, or some other tool takes over as the primary boot manager. It can be
60 called from a startup script to handle this task automatically.
62 0.10.2 (1/26/2016):
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65 - Fixed bug in refind-install that caused mountesp to be installed as a FILE
66 called /usr/local/bin on OS X if the /usr/local/bin directory did not
67 already exist.
69 - Fixed bug in mvrefind that caused it to fail to move bootmgfw.efi in
70 some situations, and another that caused it to give the resulting NVRAM
71 entry the default rEFInd name of "rEFInd Boot Manager," rather than the
72 intended "Windows Boot Manager" (to work around bugs in some EFIs).
74 - Worked around bug/quirk in some EFIs (in HP ProBook 6470b laptop, at
75 least) that prevented EFI filesystem drivers from working. (Drivers would
76 load but not provide access to filesystems.)
78 - Fixed refind-install bug that caused --usedefault option to not work in OS
79 X. (This bug did not affect Linux.)
81 - Improved Secure Boot detection in refind-install in Linux.
83 - Fixed bug that caused custom volume badges (vol_*.png) to be read only
84 from default location ("icons" subdirectory), effectively eliminating the
85 ability to adjust them.
87 - Added centos.crt and centos.cer public key files.
89 0.10.1 (12/12/2015):
90 --------------------
92 - Change to PPA version: Installing the PPA now queries the user about
93 whether to install to the ESP. Upgrades will remember the initial
94 selection.
96 - Modified time-based sorting of loaders in a single directory to push
97 anything starting with "vmlinuz-0-rescue" to the end of the list. Fedora
98 gives its rescue kernels filenames that begin with that string, and if
99 such a kernel happens to be the most recent, treating it normally will
100 cause it to become the default when kernel folding is in use. This is
101 almost certainly undesirable, so this change keeps the rescue kernel at
102 the end of the list instead, which is saner.
104 - Significantly reworked the project's Makefiles. This should have no
105 impact on ordinary users, and even most developers should barely notice
106 it; but it should make future extensions to additional platforms or
107 building in different environments easier.
109 - Added workaround to gptsync for issue with some Macs' EFIs that caused
110 the program to skip through all prompts, thus accepting the default
111 option. This would normally cause gptsync to do nothing.
113 - Added type code 53746F72-6167-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC (Apple Core Storage,
114 gdisk type AF05) to list of partition types recognized by gptsync.
116 - Removed Luxi Sans Mono font, since I discovered it was not open source;
117 and changed the default font from Nimbus Mono to Liberation Mono.
119 - Added support for compiling rEFInd for ARM64 (aka AARCH64 or aa64). This
120 works with both GNU-EFI and Tianocore UDK2014.SP1.P1. This support is
121 currently poorly tested. In particular, I used QEMU on an x86-64 computer
122 to create a virtualized ARM64 environment; I've not yet tested on a real
123 computer. I couldn't get QEMU to create a video card, so I used a serial
124 terminal, which means that the graphics features are untested -- I ran
125 rEFInd with "textonly" uncommented in refind.conf. I've tested the ext4fs
126 driver but no other drivers, although they all compile. (So does gptsync,
127 although it's unlikely to be useful on ARM64.) Some rEFInd features are
128 meaningless on ARM64, such as BIOS-mode boot support, anything geared
129 toward Macs (csr_values/csr_rotate, spoof_osx_version, etc.), and
130 enable_and_lock_vmx.
132 - Fixed bug that caused rEFInd to fail to scan EFI boot loaders on
133 removable media when rEFInd itself was launched from the fallback
134 filename.
136 - Moved detailed descriptions of refind-install from installing.html to
137 a refind-install man page. To keep this information Web-accessible, I've
138 also created HTML versions of the three man pages and linked them into
139 the HTML documentation.
141 - Updated LodePNG to latest version (20151024).
143 - Fixed bugs in mkrlconf and in refind-install that could cause some kernel
144 options to be excluded from refind_linux.conf. There were two trouble
145 conditions:
146 - Previously, these scripts assumed that the first option in
147 /proc/cmdline was the kernel's filename, but this isn't always the
148 case. (In particular, when gummiboot launches the kernel, this is not
149 true. It might be an incorrect assumption in some other cases, too.)
150 The fix involves checking for likely signs of a kernel filename before
151 discarding this first option.
152 - These scripts cut the "initrd=*" option from /proc/cmdline, but the
153 call to "sed" was overzealous and cut until the end of input. This
154 usually worked, since the initrd= option was usually last on the line;
155 but if it wasn't, any options following initrd= would be lost.
157 - Added "kernel*" as a matching pattern for Linux kernels, since this is
158 what Gentoo uses by default.
160 - The refind-install script can now be run as a symbolic link in Linux.
161 This enables creating a /usr/sbin/refind-install link in Linux packages,
162 with the binaries stashed wherever the package system likes them. This
163 feature does NOT work in OS X, but there's relatively little need for it
164 there.
166 0.10.0 (11/8/2015):
167 -------------------
169 - Fixed bug that caused refind-install to not unmount the ESP when it
170 should under OS X.
172 - Modified refind-install and mkrlconf scripts to use /proc/cmdline as
173 source for default boot options EXCEPT when refind-install receives the
174 --root option. In that case, refind-install continues to use
175 /etc/default/grub as the source of default options. The idea behind this
176 change is that it's more reliable to get boot options from /proc/cmdline
177 when the targeted system is the one that's booted; but --root would be
178 used from emergency disks or live CDs, in which case the current boot
179 options would be completely wrong, so extracting boot options from GRUB
180 files is the best bet for getting close to the right options.
182 - Added "@/boot" to default also_scan_dirs setting. This makes kernels
183 show up on Btrfs volumes under Ubuntu (and perhaps others), at least when
184 the Btrfs driver is loaded.
186 - Added new System Integrity Protection (SIP) rotation feature for Macs
187 running OS X 10.11 or later. This feature is disabled by default, except
188 on CD-R and USB flash drive images, on which it's enabled. To enable it,
189 you must make TWO changes to refind.conf: Uncomment the new "csr_values"
190 item and add "csr_rotate" to the "showtools" line (uncommenting it, too,
191 if it's commented out). If desired, you can set more values on
192 "csr_values"; these are comma-delimited one-byte hexadecimal values that
193 define various SIP states. When SIP/CSR rotation is activated, a new
194 shield icon appears among the tools. Selecting it causes the next defined
195 value to be set and a confirmation message to appear for three seconds.
197 - Added display of current System Integrity Protection (SIP) mode to
198 "About" display.
200 - Added mountesp script for OS X to (you guessed it!) mount the ESP.
202 - Renamed support scripts: to refind-install, to
203 mvrefind, and to mkrlconf.
205 - New icons! The old ones were getting to be a jumbled mess of styles,
206 particularly for OS tags. I used the AwOken icon set
207 ( for the core icons,
208 then expanded from there by creating my own icons and modifying icons for
209 Debian and Elementary OS. I'm also trying to keep better track of
210 copyrights and licenses on icons. Between that and some icons being for
211 OSes that probably see very little use (FreeDOS and eComstation, for
212 instance), a few OS icons have been lost. If you prefer the old icons,
213 you can continue to use them by upgrading rEFInd, renaming icons-backup
214 to something else (say, icons-classic), and then adding an "icons" line
215 in refind.conf to point to the old icons directory.
217 - Changed from .zip to .tar.gz as source code archive format. I did this
218 because Linux is the only officially-supported build platform, and
219 tarballs are a more natural fit to a Linux environment. I'm leaving .zip,
220 .deb, and .rpm files as the formats for binary packages.
222 - Added detection of System Integrity Protection (SIP; aka "rootless") mode
223 to OS X portion of script. When detected, and if no existing
224 rEFInd installation is found, the script now prints a warning and brief
225 instructions of how to enter the Recovery mode to install rEFInd and
226 suggests aborting the installation. (The user can override and attempt
227 installation anyhow.) If SIP is detected along with an existing rEFInd
228 installation, the script moderates the warning and explains that an
229 update of a working rEFInd will probably succeed, but that re-installing
230 to fix a broken rEFInd will probably fail.
232 - Added new "spoof_osx_version" token, which takes an OS X version number
233 (such as "10.9") as an option. This feature, when enabled, causes rEFInd
234 to tell a Mac's firmware that the specified version of OS X is being
235 launched. This option is usually unnecessary, but it can help properly
236 initialize some hardware -- particularly secondary video devices. OTOH,
237 on some Macs it can cause hardware (notably keyboards and mice) to become
238 unresponsive, so you should not use this option unnecessarily.
240 - Worked around an EFI bug that affected my 32-bit Mac Mini: That system
241 seems to have a broken EFI, or possibly a buggy CPU, that causes some
242 (but not all) conversions from floating-point to integer numbers to hang
243 the computer. Such operations were performed only in rEFInd's
244 graphics-resizing code, and so would manifest only when icons or
245 background images were resized. My fix eliminates the use of
246 floating-point operations in the affected function, which eliminates the
247 crashes. There may be some degradation in the quality of resized images,
248 though, particularly on 32-bit systems. (64-bit systems use larger
249 integers, which enable greater precision in my floating-point
250 workaround.)
252 - Under OS X, can now be run from the recovery system. This may
253 help work around OS X 10.11's problems with System Integrity Protection,
254 since it should be possible to reboot into the recovery system to install
255 rEFInd without disabling SIP for the main installation, even for just one
256 boot.
258 0.9.2 (9/19/2015):
259 ------------------
261 - Added "--keepname" option to This option causes
262 to keep refind_x64.efi named as such rather than rename it as grubx64.efi
263 when using Shim. This option is meaningful only if the --shim option is
264 also used. This option passes the refind_x64.efi filename as an option to
265 Shim, which overrides the default filename of grubx64.efi. A big caveat:
266 Only Shim 0.7 and later supports this feature. (Shim 0.4 also works if a
267 refind_x64.efi is referred to as "\refind_x64.efi" on the command line,
268 but the need for a leading backslash to refer to a file in the same
269 directory as Shim is so confusing and wrong that I cannot in good
270 conscience support it.) I've not seen signed Shim binaries between 0.4
271 and 0.7, so I don't know if any of them might work.
273 - Implemented a workaround for a bug in Shim 0.8 that prevented
274 authentication of more than one binary. If any filesystem drivers were
275 installed, the first one would be verified, leaving rEFInd unable to
276 launch anything else unless it was signed by a key in the computer's main
277 Secure Boot db list.
279 0.9.1 (9/13/2015):
280 ------------------
282 - When rEFInd identifies the root (/) partition via the
283 Discoverable Partitions Specification, it now checks two of the
284 partition's attributes, as per the DPS (see
286 - The partition's read-only attribute determines whether to pass a "rw"
287 or "ro" option to the kernel.
288 - If the partition's do-not-automount flag is set, rEFInd will not pass
289 it as a "root=" option to the kernel. This flag can be used to remove
290 all but one partition from consideration as a root (/) partition if a
291 system has more than one with the correct type code.
293 - Improved Discoverable Partitions Specification support:
294 Previously, if no refind_linux.conf file was present but an /etc/fstab
295 file was found, rEFInd ignored the Discoverable Partitions Specification
296 filesystem-type codes. This was fine if /etc/fstab contained a valid "/"
297 filesystem specification, but if that was absent, the result was no
298 "root=" specification being present. Under these circumstances
299 (refind_linux.conf absent, /etc/fstab present but lacking a "/" entry),
300 rEFInd now tries to identify a device to specify as "root=" via the
301 Discoverable Partitions Specification.
303 - Fixed bug that caused "Found match!" and a prompt to press a key to
304 continue to be printed if any partition used the
305 Discoverable Partitions Specification root-partition GUID. (This
306 was leftover debugging/testing code that I somehow missed deleting.)
308 - Added icon for Elementary OS.
310 - Added /etc/lsb-release to files scanned for clues about the Linux
311 distribution. This file differentiates Mint and Elementary OS from Ubuntu
312 better than does /etc/os-release, and may also help with other
313 closely-related distributions.
315 - Improvements to handling of case-insensitive string comparisons. These
316 are buggy on some EFIs, and such bugs affect things like dont_scan_*
317 blacklists, removal of rEFInd's own directory from scanning, matching of
318 keyword names in refind.conf, and even loading of icons. I've replaced
319 many calls to problematic functions with safer calls, which should help a
320 lot. There may still be problems on some systems with some computers,
321 though; as far as I can tell, the bugs are buried deep in some EFI
322 firmware, so I can only replace some of the most direct calls to
323 potentially buggy system calls.
325 0.9.0 (7/26/2015):
326 ------------------
328 - New icon for Kali Linux, submitted by Francesco D'Eugenio.
330 - Minor code changes to ensure that rEFInd compiles with GCC 5.1. (Tested
331 with GNU-EFI on a Fedora 22 system; not yet tested with the TianoCore
332 EDK2.)
334 - Added new "fold_linux_kernels" token to refind.conf. This option, when
335 active (the default) "folds" all Linux kernels in a directory into a
336 single entry on the rEFInd menu. The kernel with the most recent time
337 stamp is launched by default. To launch another kernel, you must press F2
338 or Insert; additional kernels appear as options on the first kernel's
339 submenu. To see the pre-0.9.0 behavior, you must set "fold_linux_kernels
340 false" (or one of its synonyms, "off" or "0"). The point of this option
341 is to help de-clutter the rEFInd main menu.
343 - Added new Linux root (/) partition auto-discovery feature, based on
344's Discoverable Partitions Spec (DPS)
345 (
346 If no refind_linux.conf file or /etc/fstab file is found, and if a
347 partition with the correct DPS type code for the system architecture is
348 found, rEFInd adds "ro root=/dev/disk/by-partuuid/{GUID}" to the kernel
349 options. This will not help on LVM setups, and will get it right for only
350 one installation on systems with multiple Linux installations, but it may
351 help some users, if/when the DPS type codes become more common.
353 - Fixed bug that caused a rEFInd crash if an empty refind_linux.conf
354 file was encountered.
356 - The script now checks the OS on which it's running, which
357 should help avoid confusion or problems by users who mistakenly run it
358 under OS X.
360 - rEFInd now skips checking for various BIOS-mode boot sector signatures
361 when running on a UEFI-based PC; these checks are run only on Macs. This
362 may reduce startup time on systems with many partitions.
364 - Fixed Debian debinstall script to work correctly on IA32 systems. It had
365 a bug that caused filesystem drivers and gptsync to not be packaged for
366 IA32.
368 - Modified Debian postinst file to call with --localkeys option
369 if sbsign and openssl are available, even when NOT in Secure Boot mode or
370 if shim is not detected. This helps with my Ubuntu PPA when using custom
371 Secure Boot keys, since the PPA is delivered unsigned. (Users will have
372 to have added their own local keys to their firmware's db.) For
373 consistency, I've made the same change to the RPM .spec file.
375 0.8.7 (3/1/2015):
376 -----------------
378 - Fixed bug that caused inappropriate installation under the
379 name bootx64.efi (or bootia32.efi) under Linux, with a failure to update
380 the boot entries in NVRAM, has been fixed.
382 - Added identification of XFS as filesystem type in volume descriptions.
384 - More fixes to filesystem type detection code. Previous version sometimes
385 identified FAT or NTFS (or anything with a boot loader) as a whole-disk
386 device rather than the correct filesystem type.
388 - Added protections to the code to reduce the risk of crashes that might
389 occur when dereferencing NULL pointers in various situations.
391 - I'm deprecating the use of filesystem numbers (as in "fs0:") because
392 they're unreliable -- filesystem numbers can change between boots and
393 might not be the same as those used in an EFI shell or other program.
394 Sooner or later I'll remove code supporting this feature. In the
395 meantime, if it doesn't work for you, please switch to using filesystem
396 labels, partition labels, or partition GUIDs.
398 - Added detection of FreeBSD's BIOS-mode GPT boot loader. Previously,
399 rEFInd could detect FreeBSD's BIOS-mode MBR boot loader, which gave
400 FreeBSD an appropriate icon on Macs; but the BIOS-mode GPT boot loader
401 code is different, so some recent FreeBSD installations showed up with
402 generic grey diamond icons. This change creates FreeBSD icons instead.
404 - Added "Secure Boot [active|inactive]" notice to "about" menu for x86
405 (32-bit) systems, since there are now a few 32-bit UEFI systems that
406 support Secure Boot. (AFAIK, these are mostly tablets and convertibles
407 such as the ASUS T100.)
409 - Added KeyTool.efi and KeyTool-signed.efi to list of MOK managers. KeyTool
410 is the "super-deluxe" Secure Boot key and hash manager provided as part
411 of the efitools package.
413 - Fixed more instances of "invalid parameter" errors on some EFIs.
415 - Improved Secure Boot detection in
417 - should no longer complain when copying Shim or MokManager over
418 itself.
420 0.8.6 (2/8/2015):
421 -----------------
423 - Removed special case of ignoring an HFS+ name of "HFS+ volume", since the
424 old rEFInd HFS+ driver that produced this name for all HFS+ volumes has
425 long since been updated to deliver a real name.
427 - Addition of new Windows 8 OS icon. On Macs and for BIOS/legacy boots, the
428 new icon is now used for Windows Vista, 7, and 8, while the old one is
429 used for earlier versions of Windows. For EFI-mode boots, the new icon is
430 used universally.
432 - If the NTFS driver is loaded, rEFInd now scans NTFS volumes on Macs for
433 the presence of Windows boot files, and removes any NTFS volume that
434 lacks such files from the BIOS/legacy boot list. This should help
435 unclutter the display on Macs that contain NTFS data partitions.
437 - Fixed bug that caused misidentification of both whole disks and NTFS
438 volumes as being FAT. (This bug affected the identification of devices
439 and locations in the rEFInd menu, not actual access to devices.)
441 - Code refactoring to clear out legacy-boot functions from the
442 ever-expanding refind/main.c file.
444 - Added new "badges" option to the "hideui" token in refind.conf. This
445 option hides the device-type badges associated with the OS boot options.
447 - Reverted rEFIt commit r472, introduced in rEFInd 0.8.5 to support more
448 BMP images because I've received bug reports that it's causing existing
449 selection images to fail to load.
451 - Fixed bug that caused misidentification of installation
452 directory under OS X if an already-mounted ESP has spaces in its path.
454 - Fixed Mac-specific bug that could cause misidentification of
455 the ESP on disks with partition numbers of 10 or above.
458 0.8.5 (2/1/2015):
459 -----------------
461 - Added NTFS EFI filesystem driver.
463 - Minor improvements to filesystem driver framework code.
465 - Changes to
467 - Fixed bug in Btrfs driver's address reference.
469 - Improved to make it smarter about figuring out where to
470 install on Macs. Specifically, this version now upgrades existing
471 installations, if found (as it always has under Linux), rather than
472 blindly install to EFI/BOOT; it installs to EFI/refind if not existing
473 installation is found; it installs using the --shortform option to bless,
474 which seems to eliminate the 30-second delay problem; and it can handle
475 an HFS+ ESP, which it treats as a separate HFS+ volume (as if the user
476 had used --ownhfs). These changes do not affect behavior under Linux.
478 - Added missing check of architecture type for several tools.
480 - Applied rEFIt commit r472, which adds support for BMP images with negative
481 height fields, indicating that the image is NOT vertically flipped. This
482 commit and r467 were not incorporated in the original rEFInd because I
483 forked it from a Debian rEFIt package that had been patched to build
484 under GNU-EFI, and was apparently based on a slightly earlier version.
486 - Applied rEFIt commit r467, which improves Mac handling of legacy boots
487 from other than the first hard disk.
490 0.8.4 (12/8/2014):
491 ------------------
493 - Tweaked default for dont_scan_volumes: Removed "Recovery HD". This change
494 better suits the needs of OS X 10.10 ("Yosemite") installations, but may
495 result in some stray Recovery HD entries on some Macs.
497 - Updated icons for Fedora and Ubuntu and added an icon for Xubuntu.
499 - Added new configuration option, "enable_and_lock_vmx", which sets an
500 Intel CPU feature that's required for some types of virtualization to
501 work. Most EFIs enable setting this feature in their own setup utilities,
502 but some (such as most Macs) don't.
504 - If rEFInd can't locate an icons directory (either the default or one
505 specified by the icons_dir token), the program switches to text-only
506 mode.
508 - If a loader contains the string "grub" and no other clue to the loader's
509 OS association exists, search for os_grub.{png|icns} (which is not
510 provided with rEFInd) or os_linux.{png|icns}. (Previous versions provided
511 a generic loader icon for GRUB.)
513 - Fixed bug that caused dont_scan_files to not work with special-case
514 boot loaders (for OS X and Windows) when specifying the complete path to
515 the loader (e.g., EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi).
517 - Added support for the iPXE network boot tool (see BUILDING.txt for
518 building and basic use instructions).
520 0.8.3 (7/6/2014):
521 -----------------
523 - Added new feature: Setting "timeout = -1" in refind.conf causes rEFInd to
524 immediately boot the default option UNLESS a keypress is in the buffer
525 when rEFInd launches. In that case, if the keypress corresponds to a
526 shortcut key, the associated boot loader is launched; or if not, the menu
527 is displayed.
529 - Added new icons for Clover boot loader and for Mythbuntu Linux
530 distribution.
532 - rEFInd now displays the partition's label, when one is available, when
533 offering a BIOS-mode boot option for a partition with no filesystem
534 driver. This works only on Macs doing BIOS-mode booting.
536 - Removed GPLv2 code from the FSW core files. This was done because the
537 Btrfs driver is derived from the GRUB Btrfs driver, which is licensed
538 under the GPLv3. Ironically, the GPLv2 and GPLv3 are incompatible
539 licenses, so ensuring that the Btrfs driver doesn't rely on GPLv2 code
540 was legally necessary. In most cases, I reverted to the original rEFIt
541 code, although I kept my own cache code; since I wrote it, I can
542 change its license to a BSD license.
544 - Fixed bug that caused rEFInd to unload drivers immediately after loading
545 them. This didn't affect rEFInd's own drivers because they didn't include
546 the unload hooks, but it did affect some other drivers.
548 - Changed default scan_all_linux_kernels setting from "false" to "true",
549 and commented the option out in refind.conf-sample. This should not
550 affect most people, since refind.conf-sample had this option commented
551 out, and most rEFInd users either use it that way or don't have Linux
552 kernels installed at all. I've made this change because I want rEFInd to
553 "do the right thing" by default in as many cases as possible. For a while
554 now, rEFInd has been excluding non-bootable files from its menu, and most
555 kernels "in the wild" now include the EFI stub. Thus, enabling this
556 support by default seems worthwhile. If you prefer to not scan Linux
557 kernels by default, simply uncomment the "scan_all_linux_kernels" line
558 and ensure it's set to "false".
560 (6/8/2014):
561 -------------------
563 - Removed stray bit of debugging code that caused a prompt to press a
564 key to appear at rEFInd startup.
566 0.8.2 (6/8/2014):
567 -----------------
569 - Changed behavior when default_selection is not set: It now boots the
570 previously-booted loader, assuming it's still available; if not, rEFInd
571 boots the first loader (as it does now). Behavior is unchanged if
572 default_selection is set. Note that this behavior depends on the ability
573 of rEFInd to store an EFI variable in NVRAM. It therefore fails on
574 systems with flaky NVRAM storage. You can view the previously-booted
575 loader in the
576 /sys/firmware/efi/efivars/PreviousBoot-36d08fa7-cf0b-42f5-8f14-68df73ed3740
577 variable under Linux.
579 - Added icon for Mageia Linux (os_mageia.png).
581 - Fixed bug that could misidentify a not-quite-GUID as a GUID in a
582 manual boot stanza's "volume" line.
584 - I've updated my personal build system, and therefore the rEFInd Makefiles
585 and related files, to use TianoCore UDK2014 rather than UDK2010.
587 - Added "deep_uefi_legacy_scan" token. When not set (the default), rEFInd
588 does not modify EFI NVRAM settings when scanning for BIOS-mode boot
589 loaders on UEFI-based (non-Mac) computers. Some computers require
590 uncommenting this setting for rEFInd to reliably detect some BIOS-mode
591 boot devices. Passing "0", "off", or "false" as an option resets it to
592 the default value (useful in a loaded secondary configuration file to
593 override a setting in the main file).
595 0.8.1 (5/15/2014):
596 ------------------
598 - Fixed bug that could cause rEFInd to fail to detect boot loaders stored
599 on the root directory of a partition.
601 - Added two new bitmap fonts to those distributed with rEFInd: Ubuntu Mono
602 and Nimbus Mono. Both come in 12-, 14-, 16-, and 24-point sizes.
604 - Messages about pauses for scanning and re-scanning of boot loaders are
605 now suppressed when doing an initial delayed scan when scan_delay is 1
606 second.
608 - Improved centering of legacy boot option descriptions on some systems'
609 screens.
611 - Fixed bug that could cause a BIOS-mode boot to boot from an inappropriate
612 device if that device had an innately high boot priority (as set by the
613 firmware).
615 - Changed icons from ICNS to PNG form. There are several reasons to do
616 this, all of them minor; but together they're enough to warrant a change.
617 PNG is more common, and therefore more accessible to most users --
618 particularly those who don't use OS X. The PNG files are smaller than
619 their ICNS equivalents. PNG supports a wider range of sizes (although I'm
620 not now using anything that ICNS doesn't support, I might in the future).
621 The icon-scaling support added a few versions ago makes ICNS's support
622 for multiple icon sizes relatively unimportant.
624 - Reversed order of search for icons by extension: rEFInd now searches
625 for PNG files before ICNS files, rather than the other way around. This
626 makes it possible to override a volume icon for rEFInd by giving it the
627 name .VolumeIcon.png, even when a .VolumeIcon.icns file exists on the
628 volume and is used by OS X.
630 - Fixed bug that caused .VolumeIcon.icns to take higher-than-intended
631 precedence in icon setting for OS X.
633 - Chainloading to BIOS-mode boot loaders now works on UEFI-based PCs when
634 rEFInd is built with GNU-EFI, not just when built with Tianocore.
636 0.8.0 (5/4/2014):
637 -----------------
639 - The "dont_scan_volumes" parameter now also works with legacy-boot
640 volumes. Unlike with EFI volumes, where the option you pass must exactly
641 match an entire volume name, when applied to legacy-boot volumes, it
642 matches any part of the description that appears beneath the item when
643 you select it in the rEFInd main menu.
645 - Can now boot in legacy mode from second (and probably later) hard disks!
647 - rEFInd now limits the length of the firmware name string shown in the
648 system information screen to 65 characters. This is done because at least
649 one EFI presents a longer string by default, and this causes the entire
650 information display to come up empty on 800x600 displays.
652 - rEFInd now uses the partition's name (as stored in the GPT data
653 structures) as a fallback for the filesystem's name if the latter can't
654 be found. Exceptions are if the partition name is one of three generic
655 names used by GPT fdisk: "Microsoft basic data", "Linux filesystem", or
656 "Apple HFS/HFS+". These are ignored in favor of the descriptive fallback
657 (e.g., "20 GiB Btrfs volume")
659 - It's now possible to specify a volume by partition GUID number in a
660 manual boot stanza. This should be more reliable (albeit also more
661 awkward) than using a filesystem number (such as fs0: or fs1:).
663 - Fixed memory-allocation bug that could cause error message displays,
664 and possibly hangs, when re-scanning boot loaders.
666 0.7.9 (4/20/2014):
667 ------------------
669 - Attempt to fix rEFInd perpetually re-scanning after ejecting a disc on
670 some Macs.
672 - Added check to remove redundant (or non-functional if Secure Boot is
673 active) kernel entries for Ubuntu, which is now including two versions of
674 kernels, one signed and the other unsigned.
676 - Fixed bug in that could cause it to display error messages
677 if the dmraid utility was not installed.
679 - The HFS+ driver now reports a correct volume name.
681 - Fixed some EFI filesystem driver bugs that could cause lockups under
682 some circumstances. These bugs could affect any of the filesystem
683 drivers.
685 - Added "gdisk" option to the "showtools" configuration file token. When
686 active, this adds gdisk.efi or gdisk_{arch}.efi, if present in the
687 EFI\tools directory, to the tools row.
689 - Fixed mistaken identification of the MOK utility as the "MOK utility
690 utility."
693 0.7.8 (3/9/2014):
694 -----------------
696 - Added "debian" directory to source, which facilitates creation of Debian
697 packages. Packages built in this way are built with GNU-EFI and don't run
698 any post-installation script, so although the rEFInd binaries are on the
699 hard disk, they aren't installed to be bootable; you must manually run
700 Also, at least on Ubuntu, the Make.common file's /usr/lib64
701 references must be changed to /usr/lib. This is more of a proof of
702 concept and a "leg up" for distribution maintainers than anything else.
704 - Two new options, big_icon_size and small_icon_size, set the size of
705 the first-row OS icons and of the second-row tool icons, respectively.
706 The big_icon_size option also indirectly sets the size of disk-type
707 badges; they're 1/4 the size of the big icons. Default values are 128 and
708 48, respectively, to match the actual icon files provided with rEFInd. If
709 the icon you're using is of a different size than you've specified,
710 rEFInd scales it. For best quality, you should both provide icons drawn
711 to the right size and set the icon sizes in refind.conf.
713 - rEFInd now automatically scales icons to fit the standard icon sizes.
714 This won't have any effect with the icons that come with rEFInd, but it
715 can help if you want to use another icon, since you needn't scale it in a
716 graphics program before using it. Note that rEFInd uses bitmap icons, so
717 scaling by a huge amount (say, a 16x16 icon to fit the standard 128x128
718 OS icon) is not likely to look good.
720 - Added new option, banner_scale, that tells rEFInd how to handle banners:
721 Set to "noscale" (the default), banners are not scaled, although they'll
722 be cropped if they're too big for the display. This is the same as the
723 behavior in previous versions. Set to "fillscreen", rEFInd now scales the
724 banner image (larger or smaller) to fill the display.
726 - Adjusted the post-installation script in refind.spec (used to generate
727 RPMs, and therefore also indirectly Debian packages) to search for
728 existing shim program files under the filesnames shim.efi and shimx64.efi
729 rather than just shim.efi. Ubuntu uses shimx64.efi, so Debian packages
730 were failing to detect Ubuntu's shim in previous versions. (Note,
731 however, that Ubuntu's early shim 0.1 is unsuitable for use with rEFInd
732 The newer 0.4 version that's in the repositories now should work fine;
733 it's only when installing on an older system that's NOT been updated that
734 problems might arise.
736 0.7.7 (1/3/2014):
737 -----------------
739 - Can now specify complete paths, optionally including volumes, in
740 dont_scan_files.
742 - Added shimx64.efi to the default dont_scan_files list.
744 - Added windows_recovery_files token, to specify what program(s) launch a
745 Windows recovery utility; and the "windows_recovery" option to
746 "showtools," to control whether or not to display the Windows recovery
747 utility on the second row of icons.
749 - The use_graphics_for, also_scan_dirs, dont_scan_dirs, dont_scan_files,
750 and scan_driver_dirs tokens in refind.conf now support "+" as the first
751 option, which causes the remaining options to be added to the default
752 value rather than replacing that value. (This has no practical effect for
753 scan_driver_dirs, though, since it has a null default value.)
755 - Added support for specifying the configuration file at program launch,
756 via the "-c" parameter, as in "refind_x64.efi -c foo.conf" to use the
757 foo.conf file as the main configuration file.
759 - Scans of ext2/3/4fs and ReiserFS partitions now omit partitions with
760 duplicate filesystem UUIDs. These are likely parts of RAID arrays and so
761 would have the same boot loaders or kernels as the first one with a given
762 UUID.
764 - Added feature in Script now tries to locate and mount an ESP
765 in Linux, if it's currently unmounted.
767 - Fixed bug in and that caused a stray line break
768 and PARTUUID= specification to appear in generated refind_linux.conf file
769 under some circumstances.
771 0.7.6 (12/15/2013):
772 -------------------
774 - Added support for multiple "default_selection" targets. These MUST be
775 comma-separated AND enclosed in quotes, as in:
776 default_selection "fred,ginger"
777 This example will launch "fred" by default if it's available; and if
778 it's not, rEFInd will attempt to launch "ginger" as the default.
780 - Added support for time-sensitive "default_selection" setting. This token
781 may now have either one or three options. If one, it's interpreted as it
782 has been in the past, as setting a default that's independent of times.
783 If you follow this default by two times, however, those are interpreted
784 as the start and end times (in 24-hour format) for a default setting. For
785 instance, "default_selection foo 8:00 17:00" causes foo to be the default
786 from 8:00 (AM) to 17:00 (aka 5:00 PM). You can include multiple
787 "default_selection" lines to set different defaults for a variety of
788 times. If they're in conflict, the last one takes precedence. Note that
789 times are hardware clock's native value, which may be local time or UTC,
790 depending on your computer.
792 - Added support for a blank-screen startup: Set "screensaver -1" and the
793 screen saver will be initialized when rEFInd starts. If you set a low
794 "timeout" value, the result will be a boot straight to the default OS
795 unless you hit a key soon after rEFInd starts. Once you hit a key, the
796 screensaver will be disabled.
798 - Added --ownhfs {target} option to This option causes rEFInd
799 to install to an HFS+ partition in a way that's more consistent with the
800 way the Mac's native boot loader is installed. Note that you should NOT
801 install to an already-bootable partition with this option, since it will
802 overwrite the existing boot loader, which would render OS X unbootable.
804 0.7.5 (11/10/2013):
805 -------------------
807 - Fixed bug that caused unbootable exFAT partitions to show up as
808 bootable on Macs with BIOS/CSM/legacy boot options enabled.
810 - Fixed bug in that caused installs to the ESP on recent
811 versions of OS X to fail.
813 - Fixed bug that caused rEFInd to hang on some Macs when multiple EFI
814 drivers were present.
816 - Fixed bug that caused clear to default gray screen when launching OSes
817 with 'use_graphics_for' enabled, even when the rEFInd background is not
818 gray. Now rEFInd clears to the same background color used in its menu.
819 When launching OS X, though, the OS X boot loader will itself clear to
820 gray a second or so later; and when launching Linux, it will clear to
821 black a second or so later.
823 (8/25/2013):
824 --------------------
826 - My initial 0.7.4 release broke legacy-boot ability on Macs, so I quickly
827 released this version using the original 0.7.4 filenames to fix the
828 problem.
830 0.7.4 (8/25/2013):
831 ------------------
833 - Fixed options passing to loader to include loader's filename as the first
834 option. This omission had no effect on most boot loaders, but caused
835 VMware's mboot64.efi to fail.
837 - Added support for memtest86 as second-row option. Program must be
838 stored in EFI/tools, EFI/tools/memtest, EFI/tools/memtest86, EFI/memtest,
839 or EFI/memtest86; and must use the name memtest86.efi, memtest86_x64.efi,
840 memtest86x64.efi, or bootx64.efi (changing "x64" to "ia32" on IA-32
841 systems). The memtest86 program is scanned for when the "showtools"
842 option includes the "memtest" or "memtest86" token, which it does by
843 default.
845 - Added space to end of "Boot %s from %s" string; enables adding a space
846 to the end of the "default_selection" item (in quotes) to set a default
847 that matches a volume name that's identical to another one except for
848 extra characters at the end of the non-wanted volume's name.
850 - Fixed bug that could cause rEFInd to hang when launching boot loaders
851 under some conditions. (Launching from Firewire drives on Macs is the
852 known case, but there may be others.)
854 0.7.3 (8/7/2013):
855 -----------------
857 - Fixed bug that caused missing media-type badges on BIOS-mode boot
858 loaders on Macs.
860 - Fixed bug that caused failure when launching BIOS-mode OSes on Macs.
862 0.7.2 (8/6/2013):
863 -----------------
865 - Fixed bug that caused display glitches in the final entry on the first
866 row of icons if the second row of icons was empty.
868 - Fixed bug that could cause incorrect scanning or even a rEFInd crash when
869 using volume specification in also_scan_dirs token.
871 - Added protection against loading invalid drivers and other EFI programs.
872 (Some EFIs crash when attempting to load such drivers and programs.)
874 - Added PreLoader.efi and shim-fedora.efi to default dont_scan_files list;
875 it's now "shim.efi, shim-fedora.efi, PreLoader.efi, TextMode.efi,
876 ebounce.efi, GraphicsConsole.efi, MokManager.efi, HashTool.efi,
877 HashTool-signed.efi".
879 - Added icon for Funtoo Linux.
881 - Fixed reading of volume badges from user-specified icons directory, which
882 was broken.
884 - Fixed handling of /.VolumeBadge.icns (or /.VolumeBadge.png) files, which
885 was broken.
887 0.7.1 (7/8/2013):
888 -----------------
890 - Fixed build problem with recent development versions of EDK2.
892 - Added scan for Boot Repair's backup of the Windows boot loader
893 (bkpbootmgfw.efi). If found, give separate entries for it and for
894 bootmgfw.efi, each with its own descriptive text label.
896 - Fixed also_scan_dirs; used to have bug that caused it to ignore
897 volume specification, if present.
899 - Fixed bug in driver cache that caused Btrfs driver to hang sometimes.
901 0.7.0 (6/27/2013):
902 ------------------
904 - Added Btrfs signature to rEFInd, so that it can identify the filesystem
905 type for volumes that lack labels.
907 - Changed some critical filesystem driver pointers from 32-bit to 64-bit.
908 This *SHOULD* enable use of over-2TiB filesystems (for those filesystems
909 that support such large volumes). This capability is largely untested,
910 though.
912 - Added a cache to the filesystem driver core, and therefore to all the
913 filesystem drivers. This cache greatly improves performance in
914 VirtualBox, and offers modest performance improvements on a few "real"
915 computers. The most dramatic improvement is on ext2/3fs under VirtualBox:
916 Loading a kernel and initrd used to take ~200 seconds on my system, but
917 now takes ~3 seconds! On most "real" hardware, the improvement is much
918 less dramatic -- an improvement of a second or less, presumably because
919 of cacheing within the EFI or on the hard disk itself.
921 - Filter boot loaders based on a test of their validity; keeps out Linux
922 kernels without EFI stub loader code, loaders for the wrong architecture,
923 non-EFI loaders, etc.
925 - New Btrfs driver, contributed by Samuel Liao based on GRUB 2.00 Btrfs
926 code.
928 0.6.12 (6/18/2013):
929 -------------------
931 - Changed the 64-bit EFI shell included in the CD-R and USB flash drive
932 images to a version 2 shell that should support the "bcfg" command.
934 - Added support for PreBootloader to refind.spec's built-in installation
935 script.
937 - Added support for the Linux Foundation's PreLoader to It's
938 treated just like shim, including using the --shim option (or, now,
939 --preloader); but it searches for and copies HashTool.efi rather than
940 MokManager.efi, and filenames are adjusted appropriately.
942 - Added code to determine Linux root filesystem from /etc/fstab file, if
943 it's on the same partition as the kernel and if the refind_linux.conf
944 file is not available. This enables rEFInd to boot Linux without any
945 rEFInd-specific configuration files on some (but not all) systems.
947 0.6.11 (5/13/2013):
948 -------------------
950 - New feature: rEFInd now ignores symbolic links to files on filesystems
951 that support them. This prevents the "vmlinuz" symbolic link that some
952 distributions create in the root directory from appearing in the loader
953 list. Note that this does NOT affect symbolic links to directories.
955 - Added icons for Lubuntu and Kubuntu.
957 - Improved the script so that it does a better job dealing with
958 directory names that contain spaces.
960 - rEFInd now tries to guess the Linux distribution type based on the kernel
961 filename (Fedora and RHEL only) or the "ID" or "NAME" variables in
962 /etc/os-release on the kernel's partition. None of these is guaranteed to
963 work. A fallback of the Tux penguin icon remains in place in case rEFInd
964 can't find anything substantive enough for a guess.
966 - Added "EFI\opensuse" to the locations searched for MOK utilities, since
967 OpenSUSE now uses that name.
969 - Renamed "Reboot to Firmware User Interface" to "Reboot to Computer Setup
970 Utility" in menu.
972 - Fixed bug in gptsync that caused it to hang if the disk had too few GPT
973 partitions to fill the MBR.
975 0.6.10 (5/5/2013):
976 ------------------
978 - Added support for "screensaver" token. If set to a positive integer, this
979 causes the screen to blank after the specified number of seconds of
980 inactivity. Pressing most keys (unfortunately NOT including Shift, Alt,
981 or Ctrl) will restore the display and restart the screen saver timeout.
983 - Added icon for ChromeOS (os_chrome.icns in the icons subdirectory).
984 ChromeBooks reportedly boots using the fallback filename, but if a user
985 wants to install rEFInd on a ChromeBook, renaming the original EFI/BOOT
986 directory to EFI/chrome and then installing rEFInd in the fallback
987 filename will bring up this new icon for ChromeOS.
989 - Added new option to reboot the computer into the firmware's user
990 interface. This option is active by default, or can be set via the
991 "firmware" option to the "showtools" token in refind.conf. It works
992 on only some computers, though; older computers lack this feature, and
993 when rEFInd is told to use this feature on such computers, the directive
994 is quietly ignored.
996 - Upgraded LodePNG library from version 20121216 to 20130415 and
997 restructured rEFInd-specific modifications to simplify future upgrades.
999 - Replaced hexadecimal error code with description if an error is
1000 encountered when saving a screen shot.
1002 - Enable multiple screen shots: Rather than naming all screen shots
1003 "screenshot.bmp", the name is now "screenshot_###.bmp", where "###" is a
1004 sequence number, starting with "001".
1006 0.6.9 (4/25/2013):
1007 ------------------
1009 - Modified default banner to include the new rEFInd icon, provided by Erik
1010 Kemperman.
1012 - Worked around a suspected firmware bug that caused rEFInd 0.6.6 to 0.6.8
1013 to hang at startup on some systems (DUET and some Macs).
1015 - Modified rEFInd to search for gptsync under the names gptsync.efi and
1016 gptsync_{arch}.efi, where {arch} is ia32 or x64. (Previous versions
1017 searched only for gptsync.efi.)
1019 - Added gptsync program from rEFIt project, but with some changes to
1020 improve flexibility and make it less likely that UEFI users will
1021 accidentally trash their systems.
1023 - Changed timeout code so that the timeout continues if the keyboard is
1024 disconnected. This can help in booting a headless server or a system with
1025 a bluetooth or other keyboard that's not recognized by the EFI.
1027 0.6.8 (3/18/2013):
1028 ------------------
1030 - Added workaround for presumed EFI bug that was causing "Invalid
1031 Parameter" errors when scanning for boot loaders on some computers.
1033 - Added search for an EFI shell called shell.efi in the root directory
1034 (previously this name was only accepted in EFI\tools).
1036 - Fixed bug in that caused it to fail on some systems (Fedora
1037 18, for instance) because of a problem identifying the ESP.
1039 - Fixed bug that caused icons named after boot loaders to not be used.
1041 0.6.7 (2/3/2013):
1042 -----------------
1044 - Added a more explicit error message summarizing options when a launch of
1045 a program results in a Secure Boot failure.
1047 - Changed MOK tool detection to scan all volumes, not just the rEFInd
1048 home volume. This is desirable because the Linux Foundation's HashTool
1049 can only scan its own volume, making it desirable to place copies of this
1050 program on every volume that holds EFI boot loader binaries.
1052 - Added support for launching the Linux Foundation HashTool as a means of
1053 managing MOKs (or MOK hashes, at any rate).
1055 - Fixed bug that caused rEFInd to present an entry for itself as a
1056 Microsoft OS if it was launched as EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi.
1058 - Fixed bug that caused dont_scan_volumes option to be added to
1059 also_scan_dirs list.
1061 - Fixed dont_scan_volumes so that it works with OS X boot loaders.
1063 - Fixed broken mixing of PNG and ICNS icons when using a user-specified
1064 icons directory -- previously, an ICNS file in the default directory
1065 would override a PNG file in the user-specified directory.
1067 0.6.6 (1/26/2013):
1068 ------------------
1070 - rEFInd now ignores the fallback boot loader (EFI/BOOT/bootx64.efi or
1071 EFI/BOOT/bootia32.efi) if it's identical to another boot loader on
1072 the same volume. This is intended to help unclutter the display on
1073 systems that run Windows, since Windows tends to duplicate its own boot
1074 loader under the fallback name.
1076 - Added new "font" token to refind.conf, which enables specifying a font in
1077 the form of a PNG file. This file must contain monospace glyphs for the
1078 95 characters from ASCII 32 to 126 (space through tilde), inclusive, plus
1079 a glyph to be displayed for characters outside of this range, for a total
1080 of 96 glyphs.
1082 - Replaced the old font (inherited from rEFInd) with an anti-aliased
1083 version of Luxi Mono Regular 14 point.
1085 - Fixed bug that caused rEFInd to ignore manual boot stanzas in files
1086 included via the "include" token in refind.conf.
1088 - Fixed bug that caused ASSERT error on some systems (and conceivably a
1089 crash on startup on some) when default_selection line in refind.conf was
1090 commented out or empty.
1092 - Fixed bug that caused "Binary is whitelisted" message to persist on
1093 screen after loading MOK-signed drivers in Secure Boot mode.
1095 - Fixed bug that caused rEFInd to ignore the "icon" token in refind.conf
1096 manual boot stanzas.
1098 - Fixed bug in that caused the script to fail to update
1099 drivers when rEFInd was installed in EFI/BOOT/.
1101 0.6.5 (1/16/2013):
1102 ------------------
1104 - Improved text color support: rEFInd now uses black text against light
1105 backgrounds and white text against dark backgrounds.
1107 - Added support for PNGs as banners, icons, and selectors.
1109 - Added icon for ALT Linux.
1111 - Added "safemode" option to "hideui" token, to hide option to boot into
1112 safe mode for OS X ("-v -x" option to boot.efi).
1114 - Added icon for Haiku (os_haiku.icns).
1116 - Enable transparency of icons & main-menu text when the banner icon is
1117 sized to cover these areas.
1119 - Fixed bug that could cause rEFInd to crash if fed a banner image that's
1120 too big. Note that "too big" can be substantially smaller than the screen
1121 resolution!
1123 0.6.4 (1/8/2013):
1124 -----------------
1126 - Revised to copy ext2fs driver, rather than ext4fs driver, for
1127 ext2/3 filesystems. This can help keep non-functional entries from links
1128 from /vmlinuz to /boot/vmlinuz out of the menu if the system uses ext4fs
1129 on root and ext2fs or ext3fs on /boot.
1131 - Fixed a couple of memory management bugs that cause rEFInd to hang at
1132 startup on some systems.
1134 0.6.3 (1/6/2013):
1135 -----------------
1137 - Added the ability to specify a volume name or number in the
1138 "dont_scan_dirs" and "also_scan_dirs" tokens.
1140 - Fixed a bug that caused removable EFI media to not appear in scan lists
1141 if rEFInd was installed as EFI/BOOT/boot{arch}.efi on a hard disk.
1143 - Modified ISO-9660 driver so that it can handle discs with other than
1144 2048-byte sectors. This makes it useful for reading "hybrid ISO" images
1145 burned to USB flash disks.
1147 - New script to move a rEFInd installation between a standard
1148 location (typically EFI/refind) and one of the fallback locations
1149 (EFI/BOOT or EFI/Microsoft/Boot). It can also do more exotic locations.
1151 - The script now installs to EFI/BOOT/bootx64.efi or
1152 EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi if it's run in BIOS mode. This is
1153 intended to give some chance of producing a bootable installation should
1154 a user accidentally install Linux in EFI mode and then install rEFInd
1155 from that installation.
1157 - The script now tries to find an existing rEFInd installation
1158 and upgrade it, even if it's in EFI/BOOT or EFI/Microsoft/Boot rather
1159 than in EFI/refind.
1161 - New "--yes" option to to help with unattended or automated
1162 installations (as from an RPM or Debian package).
1164 0.6.2 (12/30/2012):
1165 -------------------
1167 - Inclusion of a sample refind.spec file for the benefit of RPM
1168 distribution maintainers who might want to include rEFInd. It's a bit
1169 rough, but it gets you a good chunk of the way there....
1171 - The EFI filesystem drivers can now be built with the GNU-EFI toolkit as
1172 well as with the TianoCore EDK2. See the BUILDING.txt file for details on
1173 how to build them with either toolkit. This improvement doesn't affect
1174 users of my binary packages, but it should make it easier for Linux
1175 distributions to adopt rEFInd into their package systems.
1177 - Tweaked refind.inf file for better build results using "native" TianoCore
1178 EDK2 build process (vs. the Makefile-based build process that I use under
1179 Linux). This won't affect those who use my binary builds or build under
1180 Linux with the "make" command.
1182 - Fixed bug that prevented Secure Boot launches from working when rEFInd
1183 was built with GNU-EFI rather than the TianoCore EDK2.
1185 - Substantial reworking of Secure Boot code, based on James Bottomley's
1186 PreLoader program. This new code eliminates the limitation of launching
1187 just one driver in Secure Boot mode and is likely to be more reliable
1188 with future or obscure boot loaders. It should also work with non-x86-64
1189 systems, although this relies on a platform-specific shim program, which
1190 to date exists only for x86-64. The basic features are the same as before
1191 -- rEFInd relies on shim for authentication functions and will launch
1192 programs that are signed by Secure Boot keys, shim keys, or MOKs.
1194 - Altered default for "textmode" option (when it's commented out) to not
1195 adjust the text mode at all. (Prior versions set it to mode 0 by
1196 default.)
1198 0.6.1 (12/21/2012):
1199 -------------------
1201 - Added "--root" option to, to enable installation of rEFInd
1202 to something other than the currently-running OS. This is intended for
1203 use on emergency discs.
1205 - Thanks to Stefan Agner, the ext4fs driver now supports the "meta_bg"
1206 filesystem feature, which distributes metadata throughout the disk. This
1207 feature isn't used by default, but can be set at filesystem creation time
1208 by passing the "-O meta_bg,^resize_inode" option to mke2fs. (Using
1209 "^resize_inode" is necessary because meta_bg is incompatible with
1210 resize_inode, which IS used by default.) This feature can be used on
1211 ext3fs and ext2fs as well as on ext4fs, so the ext4fs driver can now
1212 handle some ext3fs and ext2fs partitions that the ext2fs driver can't
1213 handle.
1215 - Fixed some screen resolution-setting bugs.
1217 - Added the "words" that make up a filesystem's label (delimited by spaces,
1218 dashes, or underscores) to the list of bases used to search for OS icons.
1219 For instance, if the filesystem's label is "Arch", rEFInd searches for
1220 os_Arch.icns; if it's "Fedora 17", it searches for os_Fedora.icns and
1221 os_17.icns; and if it's "NEW_GENTOO", it searches for os_NEW.icns and
1222 os_GENTOO.icns.
1224 - Refined hints displays to be more context-sensitive, particularly in text
1225 mode.
1227 - Instead of displaying a blank filesystem label when a filesystem has
1228 none, rEFInd now displays the size and/or type of the filesystem, as in
1229 "boot EFI\foo\bar.efi from 200 MiB ext3 volume" rather than "boot
1230 EFI\foo\bar.efi from".
1232 - Fixed a bug that caused the screen to clear after displaying an error
1233 message but before displaying the "Hit any key to continue" message when
1234 a boot loader launch failed.
1236 0.6.0 (12/16/2012):
1237 -------------------
1239 - Fixed a memory allocation bug that could cause a program crash when
1240 specifying certain values with the "also_scan_dirs", "dont_scan_volumes",
1241 "dont_scan_dirs", "dont_scan_files", and "scan_driver_dirs" refind.conf
1242 options.
1244 - Modified Linux kernel initrd-finding code so that if an initrd is
1245 specified in refind_linux.conf, rEFInd will not add any initrd it finds.
1246 This enables an override of the default initrd, and is likely to be
1247 particularly helpful to Arch Linux users.
1249 - Added ext4fs driver!
1251 - Made "boot" the default value for "also_scan_dirs".
1253 - Added identifying screen header to line editor.
1255 - Fixed bug that caused rEFInd's display to be mis-sized upon return
1256 from a program that set the resolution itself.
1258 - Adjusted "resolution" refind.conf parameter so that it can accept EITHER
1259 a resolution as width and height OR a single digit as a UEFI mode number
1260 (which is system-specific). This is done because some systems present the
1261 same mode twice in their mode lists, perhaps varying in refresh rate,
1262 monitor output, or some other salient characteristics; specifying the
1263 mode number enables selecting the higher-numbered mode, whereas using
1264 horizontal and vertical resolution values selects the lowest-numbered
1265 mode.
1267 - Added "textmode" refind.conf parameter to set the text mode used in
1268 text-only displays, and for the line editor and boot-time handoff
1269 display even in graphics mode.
1271 - Fixed bug that caused tools (shell, etc.) to launch when they were
1272 highlighted and F2 or Insert was pressed.
1274 - Added "editor" option to the "hideui" token in refind.conf, which
1275 disables the boot options editor.
1277 - Added hints text to rEFInd main menu and sub-menus. This can be disabled
1278 by setting the new "hints" option to the "hideui" token in refind.conf.
1280 - Added "boot with minimal options" entry to refind_linux.conf file
1281 generated by This entry boots without the options extracted
1282 from the /etc/default/grub file.
1284 - Added keys subdirectory to main distribution, to hold public Secure
1285 Boot/shim keys from known sources.
1287 - Changed --drivers option to --alldrivers, added new
1288 --nodrivers option, and made the default on Linux to install the one
1289 driver that's used on /boot (or the root filesystem if /boot isn't a
1290 separate partition). Of course, this won't install a non-existent driver,
1291 and it also won't work properly if run from an emergency disk unless you
1292 mount a separate /boot partition at that location.
1294 - Fixed bug in that prevented creation of refind_linux.conf file
1295 on Linux systems.
1297 (12/12/2012):
1298 ---------------------
1300 - Fixed bug in that prevented it from working on OS X.
1302 0.5.1 (12/11/2012):
1303 -------------------
1305 - Added support for "0" options to "textonly" and "scan_all_linux_kernels"
1306 to reverse the usual meaning of these tokens. This is useful for
1307 including these options in a secondary configuration file called with the
1308 new "include" token to override a setting set in the main file.
1310 - Added "include" token for refind.conf, to enable including a secondary
1311 configuration file from a primary one.
1313 - Modified so that it creates a simple refind_linux.conf file in
1314 /boot, if that file doesn't already exist and if is run from
1315 Linux. If that directory happens to be on a FAT, HFS+, ext2fs, ext3fs, or
1316 ReiserFS volume, and if the necessary drivers are installed, the result
1317 is that rEFInd will detect the Linux installation with no further
1318 configuration on many systems. (Some may still require tweaking of kernel
1319 options, though; for instance, adding "dolvm" on Gentoo systems that use
1320 LVM.)
1322 - Added --shim and --localkeys options to to help simplify setup
1323 on systems with Secure Boot active.
1325 - Fixed (maybe) bug that caused resolution options to not be displayed on
1326 recent Macs with GOP graphics when specifying an invalid resolution in
1327 refind.conf.
1329 - Fixed bug that caused some programs (EFI shells, in particular) to hang
1330 when launching on some systems (DUET, in particular).
1332 - Implemented a fix to enable ELILO to launch with Secure Boot active.
1333 This fix might help with some other boot loaders in Secure Boot mode,
1334 too, but I don't know of any specifics.
1336 0.5.0 (12/6/2012):
1337 ------------------
1339 - Added the ability to include quote marks ('"') in refind.conf and
1340 refind_linux.conf tokens by doubling them up, as in:
1341 "ro root=/dev/sda4 some_value=""this is it"""
1342 This example results in the following string being passed as an
1343 option:
1344 ro root=/dev/sda4 some_value="this is it"
1346 - Changed refind.conf-sample to uncomment the scan_all_linux_kernels
1347 option by default. If this option is deleted or commented out, the
1348 program default remains to not scan all Linux kernels; but with
1349 increasing numbers of distributions shipping with kernels that include
1350 EFI stub loader support, setting the configuration file default to scan
1351 for them makes sense.
1353 - Modified the "resolution" token so that it affects text mode as well
1354 as graphics mode. On my systems, though, the actual text area is still
1355 restricted to an 80x25 area. (This seems to be a firmware limitation; my
1356 EFI shells are also so limited.)
1358 - Fixed a bug that caused the options line editor to blank out lines that
1359 were not actually edited.
1361 - Added support for using Matthew Garrett's Shim program and its Machine
1362 Owner Keys (MOKs) to extend Secure Boot capabilities. If rEFInd is
1363 launched from Shim on a computer with Secure Boot active, rEFInd will
1364 launch programs signed with either a standard UEFI Secure Boot key or a
1365 MOK. For the moment, this feature works only on x86-64 systems.
1367 - Added new "dont_scan_files" (aka "don't_scan_files") token for
1368 refind.conf. The effect is similar to dont_scan_dirs, but it creates a
1369 blacklist of filenames within directories rather than directory names.
1370 I'm initially using it to place shim.efi and MokManager.efi in the
1371 blacklist to keep these programs out of the OS list. (MokManager.efi is
1372 scanned separately as a tool; see below.) I've moved checks for
1373 ebounce.efi, GraphicsConsole.efi, and TextMode.efi to this list. (These
1374 three had previously been blacklisted by hard-coding in ScanLoaderDir().)
1376 - Added the directory from which rEFInd launched to dont_scan_dirs. This
1377 works around a bug in which rEFInd would show itself as a bogus Windows
1378 entry if it's installed as EFI/Microsoft/boot/bootmgfw.efi.
1380 - Added support for launching MokManager.efi for managing the Machine Owner
1381 Keys (MOKs) maintained by the shim boot loader developed by Fedora and
1382 SUSE. This program is scanned and presented as a second-row tool.
1384 - Added support for Apple's Recovery HD partition: If it's detected, a new
1385 icon appears on the second row. This icon can be removed by explicitly
1386 setting the "showtools" option in refind.conf and excluding the
1387 "apple_recovery" option from that line.
1389 - Fixed bug that caused text-mode ("textonly" refind.conf option enabled)
1390 menu entries to be right-aligned rather than left-aligned when rEFInd was
1391 compiled with the TianoCore EDK2.
1393 - Added "--usedefault {devicename}" and "--drivers" options to the
1394 script and changed the "esp" option to "--esp".
1396 0.4.7 (11/6/2012):
1397 ------------------
1399 - Added an icon for gummiboot.
1401 - Added a boot option editor: Pressing the Insert or F2 key from a boot
1402 tag's options menu opens a simple text-mode line editor on which the boot
1403 options may be edited for a one-time boot with altered options.
1405 - Modified the "scan_delay" feature to delay and then perform a re-scan,
1406 which may work better than the first attempt at this feature (which I'm
1407 told isn't working as planned).
1409 - Modified rEFInd to add a space after the command-line options only when
1410 launching Mac OS X. On some early Macs, the extra space (which had been
1411 present by default, as a carryover from rEFIt) causes problems when
1412 booting Linux kernels from FAT partitions.
1414 0.4.6 (10/6/2012):
1415 ------------------
1417 - Fixed some minor memory management issues.
1419 - Added new "scan_delay" feature to impose a delay before scanning
1420 for disks.
1422 - Changed default "scanfor" option from internal-external-optical to either
1423 internal-external-optical-manual (for non-Macs) or
1424 internal-hdbios-external-biosexternal-optical-cd-manual (for Macs). I've
1425 done this for two reasons:
1426 - Many Mac users have been confused by the fact that rEFInd needs
1427 reconfiguration to detect Windows (or Linux installed in BIOS mode),
1428 since rEFIt scans BIOS devices by default. Adding the BIOS options as
1429 default for them should help them.
1430 - Adding the "manual" option enables users to simply add manual boot
1431 stanzas and have them work, which is more intuitive. Adding the
1432 "manual" option will have no effect unless manual stanzas are created
1433 or uncommented, so this part of the change won't affect users' working
1434 default configurations.
1436 - Added new legacy (BIOS) boot support for UEFI-based PCs.
1438 0.4.5 (8/12/2012):
1439 ------------------
1441 - Fixed bug that caused a failure to boot BIOS-based OSes on Macs.
1443 - Fixed bug in that caused it to fail to detect rEFItBlesser.
1445 0.4.4 (6/23/2012):
1446 ------------------
1448 - Fixed bug that caused filesystem labels to be corrupted by rEFInd on
1449 32-bit systems.
1451 - Fixed bug that caused filesystem labels to be truncated in the drivers
1452 on 32-bit systems.
1454 - Fixed bug in use_graphics_for option parsing that caused most options
1455 to set graphics mode for OS X and/or Linux but not other boot
1456 loaders/OSes.
1458 - Tweaked install script to better isolate the ESP under OS X.
1460 0.4.3 (6/21/2012):
1461 ------------------
1463 - rEFInd now supports compilation using the TianoCore UDK2010/EDK2
1464 development kit in addition to GNU-EFI.
1466 - Added new "use_graphics_for" option to control which OSes to boot in
1467 graphics mode. (This effect lasts for a fraction of a second on most
1468 systems, since the boot loader that rEFInd launches is likely to set
1469 graphics or text mode itself.)
1471 - Graphics-mode booting now clears the screen to the current rEFInd
1472 background color (rather than black) and does NOT display boot messages.
1473 The intent is for a smoother transition when booting OS X, or perhaps
1474 other OSes that don't display boot loader messages. In practice, this
1475 effect will be tiny for many OSes, since the boot loader generally clears
1476 the screen within a fraction of a second of being launched; but the
1477 "flicker" of a rEFInd message in that time can sometimes be distracting.
1479 - Filesystem drivers now work on EFI 1.x systems, such as Macs.
1481 - Removed "linux.conf" as a valid alternative name for "refind_linux.conf"
1482 for holding Linux kernel options. The kernel developers plan to use
1483 "linux.conf" themselves.
1485 0.4.2 (6/3/2012):
1486 -----------------
1488 - Added a message to when run on Macs to remind users to update
1489 the "scanfor" line in refind.conf if they need to boot BIOS-based OSes
1490 via rEFInd.
1492 - Modified script to be smarter about running efibootmgr on
1493 Linux. It now uses the whole path to the rEFInd binary as a key to
1494 determine whether an existing entry exists, rather than just the filename
1495 portion. If an entry exists and is the first entry in the boot order, the
1496 script does nothing to the NVRAM entries. If such an entry exists but is
1497 not the default, the script deletes that entry and creates a new one
1498 (implicitly making it the first in the boot order). If such an entry does
1499 not exist, the script creates a new one (again, making it the first in
1500 the boot order).
1502 - Added "dont_scan_dirs" configuration file option, which adds directories
1503 to a "blacklist" of directories that are NOT scanned for boot loaders.
1505 0.4.1 (5/25/2012):
1506 ------------------
1508 - Added "scanning for new boot loaders" message to the re-scan function
1509 (hitting Esc at the main menu). It usually flashes up too quickly to
1510 be of importance, but if the scan function takes a while because of
1511 access to a CD that must be spun up, it should make it clear that the
1512 system hasn't hung.
1514 - Modified script to detect rEFItBlesser on Macs, and if
1515 present, to ask the user if it should be removed.
1517 - Cleaned up the Make.common file for the filesystem drivers.
1519 - Changed HFS+ driver to return volume label of "HFS+ volume" rather than
1520 an empty label. (The driver doesn't currently read the real volume
1521 label.)
1523 - Fixed bug that could cause rEFInd to appear in its own menu after
1524 running a shell and then re-scanning for boot loaders.
1526 0.4.0 (5/20/2012):
1527 ------------------
1529 - Inclusion of drivers for ISO-9660, HFS+, ReiserFS, and ext2fs. Most of
1530 these drivers originated with rEFIt, although the HFS+ driver seems to
1531 have come from Oracle's VirtualBox, with some files from Apple. I hadn't
1532 included these drivers previously because the build process proved
1533 challenging. As it is, they don't work on my Mac Mini, I suspect because
1534 the build process with the UDK2010 development kit may not work with the
1535 EFI 1.x that Apple uses.
1537 - Addition of support for drivers in the "drivers_{arch}" subdirectory of
1538 the main rEFInd binary directory (e.g., "drivers_x64" or "drivers_ia32").
1539 Drivers may continue to be placed in the "drivers" subdirectory.
1541 - Added new feature to eject CDs (and other removable media): Press F12 to
1542 eject all such media. This function works only on some Macs, though (it
1543 relies on an Apple-specific EFI extension, and this extension isn't even
1544 implemented on all Macs, much less on UEFI-based PCs).
1546 - Fixed a problem that could cause GRUB 2 to fail to read its configuration
1547 file when launched from rEFInd.
1549 0.3.5 (5/15/2012):
1550 ------------------
1552 - Removed the GRUB 2 detection "reciped" added with 0.3.2, since I've
1553 received reports that it's not working as intended.
1555 - Added re-scan feature: Press the Esc key to have rEFInd re-read its
1556 configuration file, tell the EFI to scan for new filesystems, and re-scan
1557 those filesystems for boot loaders. The main purpose is to enable
1558 scanning a new removable medium that you insert after launching rEFInd;
1559 however, it can also be used to immediately implement changes to the
1560 configuration file or new drivers you load from an EFI shell.
1562 - Fixed a bug that could cause the scroll-right arrow to be replaced by the
1563 scroll-left arrow under some circumstances.
1565 0.3.4 (5/9/2012):
1566 -----------------
1568 - Added new configuration file option: "icons_dir", which sets the name
1569 of the subdirectory in which icons are found. See the documentation or
1570 sample configuration file for a full description.
1572 - Modified Makefile to generate rEFInd binary that includes architecture
1573 code -- refind_ia32.efi or refind_x64.efi, rather than the generic
1574 refind.efi. This is done mainly to help the script. The
1575 program can be named anything you like on the disk. (The generic name
1576 refind.efi is used on unknown architectures.)
1578 - Improved script: Fixed bug on OS X 10.7 and enable it to be
1579 used after building from source code (or via new "make install" Makefile
1580 target).
1582 - Improved screen redraws to produce less flicker when moving among the
1583 second-row tags or to the last tag on the first row.
1585 0.3.3 (5/6/2012):
1586 -----------------
1588 - Improved menu navigation:
1589 - In graphics mode, left & right arrow keys move left & right, while up &
1590 down arrows move between rows.
1591 - Page Up and Page Down now move through chunks of visible tags (in both
1592 text & graphics modes), jumping from one row to another only when at
1593 the edge of the row. In text mode, the "rows" are broken down as in
1594 graphics mode, but they aren't visibly distinguished on the screen.
1596 - Improved text-mode use: rEFInd now displays the proper number of entries
1597 when first started in text mode and scrolling is done sensibly when too
1598 many entries exist to fit on the screen.
1600 0.3.2 (5/4/2012):
1601 -----------------
1603 - Added the script to install rEFInd on Linux and Mac OS X
1604 systems. This script must be run as root (or via sudo). It requires
1605 no options, but on Mac OS X, passing it the "esp" option causes it
1606 to install rEFInd on the computer's ESP rather than the default of the
1607 currently OS X boot partition. (Under Linux, the default is to install to
1608 the ESP.) Note that there may be some unusual cases in which this script
1609 will fail to work.
1611 - Does a better job of clearing the screen when launching OSes in text
1612 mode.
1614 - Added detection "recipe" for GRUB 2's BIOS Boot Partition.
1616 - Fixed bogus detection of ESPs created by Linux's mkdosfs utility or
1617 Windows as bootable partitions when "scanfor" includes BIOS scanning
1618 options.
1621 0.3.1 (4/27/2012):
1622 ------------------
1624 - Fixed bug that caused spurious "Unsupported while scanning the root
1625 directory" messages under some conitions on Macs.
1627 - Modified loader scanning code to sort boot loader entries within a
1628 directory by modification time, so that the most recently-modified loader
1629 is first among those in a given directory. Thus, if you specify a
1630 directory name (or volume name, for loaders stored in the root directory
1631 of a volume) as the default_selection, the most recent of those loaders
1632 will be the default. This is intended to help with Linux kernel
1633 maintenance when using the EFI stub loader; set up this way, the most
1634 recent kernel copied to your kernel directory will be the default,
1635 obviating the need to adjust the refind.conf file when adding a new
1636 kernel. If you want to change the default among those in the default
1637 directory, you can use "touch" to adjust the modification timestamp.
1639 - Tweaked code to find loader-specific .icns file so that it finds files
1640 for Linux kernels without .efi extensions. In this case, files should be
1641 named the same as the kernels they match, but with .icns extensions. For
1642 instance, bzImage-3.3.2 should have an icon called bzImage-3.3.2.icns.
1643 (The old code would have looked for an icon called bzImage-3.3.icns.)
1645 - Eliminated bogus OS loader tags for filenames that end in ".icns" when
1646 the scan_all_linux_kernels option is set.
1648 0.3.0 (4/22/2012):
1649 ------------------
1651 - I'm officially upgrading this project's status from "alpha" to "beta" and
1652 giving it a bump from 0.2.x to 0.3.0. This doesn't reflect any major
1653 milestone with this version; rather, it reflects my sense that rEFInd has
1654 been "out there" for a while, and although I've gotten bug reports,
1655 they've been minor and/or have been fixed. The program still has known
1656 bugs, but my impression is that it is, overall, usable by ordinary users.
1658 - Added "resolution" option to refind.conf, which enables setting the video
1659 resolution. To use it, pass two numeric values, as in "resolution 1024
1660 768" to use a 1024x768 video mode. Note that not all modes are supported.
1661 If you specify a non-supported video mode on a UEFI system, a message
1662 appears listing the supported video modes and you must then press a key
1663 to continue, using the default video mode (usually 800x600).
1664 Unfortunately, I don't know the calls to get a list of supported video
1665 modes on older EFI 1.x systems (including Macs), so on Macs setting an
1666 incorrect video mode silently fails (you keep using the default mode).
1667 This makes changing your video mode a hit-or-miss proposition on Macs.
1668 CAUTION: It's possible to set a legal video mode that your monitor can't
1669 handle, in which case you'll get a blank display until you boot an OS
1670 that resets the video mode.
1672 - Fixed (maybe) a bug that caused rEFInd to crash when returning from an
1673 EFI shell or other programs on Macs, particularly when rEFInd used
1674 graphical mode. I'm not 100% sure this bug is squashed because I still
1675 don't understand the cause and I only have one Mac for testing. See
1676 comments in the ReinitRefitLib() function in refit/lib.c for more
1677 details.
1679 - Added new refind.conf option: scan_all_linux_kernels, which causes Linux
1680 kernels that lack ".efi" extensions to be included in scans for EFI boot
1681 loaders. This may help integration with Linux distributions that don't
1682 give their kernels such names by default. Beware, though: It can detect
1683 unwanted files, such as older non-stub-loader kernels or .icns files used
1684 to give kernels with .efi extensions custom icons.
1686 - Improved EFI boot loader detection on boards with Gigabyte's Hybrid EFI,
1687 and perhaps other EFIs with a buggy StriCmp() function. Files with both
1688 ".efi" and ".EFI" extensions should now be detected as boot loaders.
1690 - Fixed a bug that caused rEFInd to fail to scan for drivers if the
1691 filesystem driver didn't set a volume name (that is, if the relevant
1692 field was set to NULL rather than even an empty string). In such
1693 situations, rEFInd now reports the volume name as "Unknown".
1695 0.2.7 (4/19/2012):
1696 ------------------
1698 - After much trial and tribulation, I've overcome a GNU-EFI limitation and
1699 enabled rEFInd to load EFI drivers. This feature was present in the
1700 original build of rEFIt but was removed in the versions that could
1701 compile under Linux, but now it's back -- and still being compiled under
1702 Linux! To use it, you should place your drivers in a convenient directory
1703 on the ESP (or whatever partition you use to launch rEFInd) and add a
1704 "scan_driver_dirs" entry to refind.conf to tell rEFInd where to look. (As
1705 always, you should specify the driver directory relative to the root of
1706 the filesystem.) Note that you can't launch drivers from another
1707 filesystem; they must be on the same volume that holds rEFInd. Those who
1708 compile from source code should note that implementing this feature
1709 necessitated using a more recent version of the GNU-EFI library. I'm
1710 currently using version 3.0p, and version 3.0i does NOT work. I don't
1711 know where the change occurred, but you may need to upgrade your GNU-EFI
1712 installation.
1714 - Fixed bug that caused rEFInd to show up in its own menu sometimes.
1716 - Added new refind.conf token: also_scan_dirs. When scanning volumes for
1717 EFI boot loaders, rEFInd always scans the root directory and every
1718 subdirectory of the /EFI directory, but it doesn't recurse into these
1719 directories. The also_scan_dirs token adds more directories to the scan
1720 list. It defaults to "elilo,boot", but you can set it to any directory or
1721 directories you like.
1723 0.2.6 (4/14/2012):
1724 ------------------
1726 - Added "volume" keyword to configuration file's stanza options. This
1727 option changes the volume from which subsequent files (specified by
1728 "loader" and "icon") are loaded. You pass "volume" the name/label of the
1729 FILESYSTEM you want to use (not the GPT partition name), or a number
1730 followed by a colon (e.g., "1:"). The former should reliably identify a
1731 filesystem, assuming the name is unique. The latter assigns numbers based
1732 on the order in which they're scanned, which may not be as reliable but
1733 should work when a volume is unnamed.
1735 - Fixed bug in 0.2.5 that caused failure of Linux initial RAM disk
1736 mapping on some (but not all) systems. Affected computers include at
1737 least some Intel motherboards, maybe others.
1739 0.2.5 (4/9/2012):
1740 -----------------
1742 - Fixed bug that caused an inability to associate initial RAM disks with
1743 Linux kernels stored in a volume's root directory.
1745 - Volume badges (that override default badges) are now stored in
1746 .VolumeBadge.icns. Although undocumented, rEFInd formerly loaded custom
1747 volume badges from .VolumeIcon.icns. This carryover from rEFIt was a
1748 confusing name, given the next (new) feature, so I've changed and
1749 documented the name....
1751 - Added ability to set a default icon for a loader stored in the root
1752 directory of a volume: The icon is stored in .VolumeIcon.icns. This icon
1753 is also used for Mac OS X volumes booted from the standard location.
1755 - Fixed bug that caused icons to drop back to generic icons when rEFInd
1756 was launched in certain ways (such as from an EFI shell in rEFInd's
1757 directory) on certain systems.
1759 - Fixed bug that caused "unknown disable flag" to be shown (very briefly)
1760 instead of "unknown hideui flag" when an improper hideui flag was set.
1762 0.2.4 (4/5/2012):
1763 -----------------
1765 - Created new refind.conf entry: "showtools". This entry takes options of
1766 "shell", "gptsync", "about", "exit", "reboot", and "shutdown". This
1767 option is in some respects an affirmative version of portions of the old
1768 "disable" and "hideui" options; however, it enables users to specify the
1769 order in which these options appear on the screen. Also, the "exit"
1770 option is new; it terminates the program. The effect is usually to return
1771 to whatever tool launched it or to launch a default OS; however, this is
1772 somewhat unpredictable. The default therefore omits the "exit" option, as
1773 well as "gptsync", which has always been dangerous (but necessary on most
1774 MacOS/Windows dual-boot setups on Macs). As part of this reconfiguration,
1775 I've eliminated the "rescue Linux" option, which always seemed pointless
1776 to me.
1778 - Folded "disable" and "hideui" refind.conf entries into one ("disable"),
1779 and reduced the number of options to six: "banner", "label",
1780 "singleuser", "hwtest", "arrows", and "all". ("arrows" is new and
1781 disables the scroll arrows when a system has too many tags to display
1782 simultaneously.)
1784 - Added max_tags option to the refind.conf file, enabling users to reduce
1785 the maximum number of OS loader tags that can be displayed at once.
1787 - Updated rEFIt icon, based on the 128x128 volume label from the rEFIt CD
1788 image.
1790 - Added x86 and x86-64 EFI shells to the CD image version of the binary,
1791 but NOT to the binary zip file. The logic is that the CD image is more
1792 likely to be used directly as an emergency disc and so may need this
1793 feature, even though the source isn't part of the rEFInd project. (The
1794 source is readily available from the TianoCore project.)
1796 - EFI shells may now be stored at /shellx64.efi for x86-64 systems or at
1797 /shellia32.efi for x86 systems. The /EFI/tools/shell.efi name is also
1798 recognized; however, if both files are present, two EFI shell icons will
1799 appear on the main menu. The /efi/{refind-path/apps/shell.efi filename,
1800 which was never officially documented but worked as a carryover from
1801 rEFIt, is no longer valid.
1803 0.2.3 (3/26/2012):
1804 ------------------
1806 - Fixed (maybe) a bug that caused hangs when launching a second program
1807 after returning from a first. There are some weird system-to-system
1808 differences, though, and this fix causes (apparently harmless) error
1809 messages about "(re)opening our installation volume" on at least one
1810 system (a 32-bit Mac Mini). I'm committing this change because, imperfect
1811 though it is, it's preferable to the earlier version, at least on my
1812 small sample of computers.
1814 - Because of news that the Linux kernel developers are planning to use the
1815 filename linux.conf to hold Linux kernel configuration data for EFI
1816 booting, I'm transitioning rEFInd away from that name and to
1817 refind_linux.conf to avoid a conflict. This version can use either name,
1818 with refind_linux.conf taking precedence if both are present.
1820 - Added logo for Arch Linux.
1822 0.2.2 (3/23/2012):
1823 ------------------
1825 - Fixed bug that caused program failure when Linux kernels with EFI stub
1826 support were detected with no associated version numbers. rEFInd now
1827 permits automatic linking of *ONE* versionless kernel to *ONE*
1828 versionless initrd file.
1830 - Fixed bug that caused program hangs when a boot loader filename or label
1831 was too long. Such names are now properly truncated and program execution
1832 continues.
1834 - Fixed bug that caused no text to appear in submenus on UEFI systems with
1835 small screens (800x600). NOTE: Problem still occurs on screens smaller
1836 than this, but such systems are very rare.
1838 0.2.1 (3/19/2012):
1839 ------------------
1841 - Added ability to set a "default_selection" that's a title or a substring
1842 of one -- the name given to a stanza in a "menuentry" or the boot
1843 loader's filename, in most cases, although "Mac OS X", "Windows XP
1844 (XoM)", and "Microsoft EFI boot" are also titles.
1846 - Added support for semi-automatic scans of Linux kernels with EFI stub
1847 loader support. The program auto-detects matching initial RAM disk files
1848 and loads additional options from the "linux.conf" file in the same
1849 directory as the kernel.
1851 - Added support for "submenuentry" keyword and associated sub-stanza
1852 entries in refind.conf file.
1854 - Renamed icons/os_mint.icns to icons/os_linuxmint.icns to match the
1855 filename Linux Mint ACTUALLY uses for its ESP boot loader directory.
1858 0.2.0 (3/14/2012):
1859 ------------------
1861 - Initial public release