OS X 10.11.6/ Ubuntu

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  1. esorkin1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2016
    Hello everyone, I'm new here and I was just wondering if theres anyone that may be able to help me resolve an issue I have with making Ubuntu bootable on my MBP. I began the process by making 2 new partitions of my main disk in Disk Utility. The first was a 100 gb partition which I used for the Ubuntu installation and the second was a small 128 mb partition that I wanted to use as a boot loader for Ubuntu (since Mac firmware only recognizes efi). I then created a bootable USB drive and booted into an Ubuntu live session. Once in the session, I began the installation process and when prompted to choose a partition to install Ubuntu into I cleared my 100 gb partition into 'free space' and then installed Ubuntu onto it. Everything went smoothly so then I used terminal in Ubuntu to save the 'boot.efi' file to my Mac OS partition in order to be able to then use a few sudo commands on my Mac OS partition to be able to turn my 128 mb partition that I had made earlier into a boot loader for Ubuntu. It turned out, however, that the 'boot.efi' file was not actually saved to my Mac partition like I had expected so now I'm stuck wondering what to do next. Any advice?? If you want to know which commands I used or if you need any further clarification to understand my problem better don't hesitate to let me know. Thanks for reading guys.
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Not to suggest that what you're doing is a bad idea but have you considered running Ubuntu in a virtual machine in something like VirtualBox?
  3. Johbremat macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2011
    Are you dead set on managing the partitions yourself? I'm having difficulty recalling my own experience on an 8,2 but am sure I always had most success by letting the live image creating the necessary partitions.

    Is there a particular guide you're following? Are you using a specific Ubuntu release that perhaps has some known issues?

    I always refer to this page when attempting an install on bare metal.
  4. esorkin1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2016
    I have not really considered that option yet - I'll check it out. Thank you!
    --- Post Merged, Aug 21, 2016 ---
    Hi thanks for the response. Actually, yes it turns out that there are some known problems with my chosen method. I'm looking into some alternatives right now.
  5. supermariofan25 macrumors regular


    Feb 7, 2011
    I have had problems were you tell Ubuntu to put the boot loader onto a specific drive or partition but it ignores that request, the .efi file ends up being put on the systems EFI system partition. So for your example in OS X as long a OS X in installed on your internal drive, it would be /dev/disk0s1, so use
    diskutil mount /dev/disk0s1
    then navigate to /Volumes/EFI/EFI/ubuntu/
    --- Post Merged, Sep 5, 2016 ---
    If you would like to install Ubuntu on an external USB drive instead, I made a thread about it here: [Tutorial] Install Linux (Ubuntu) on USB drive for use with a Mac - Mac Rumors Forums

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