rEFInd error on install

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  1. socalrooster macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2015
    Hello, I'm trying to install rEFInd (0.8.6, latest) on my early 2014 macbook air running OS X 10.10.2. The goal is to dual boot kali linux (for learning purposes), which would be installed from an imaged USB. However, when I run I get this:
    Installing rEFInd on OS X....
    Warning: root device could not be found
    Installing rEFInd to the partition mounted at /Volumes/ESP
    Found rEFInd installation in /Volumes/ESP/EFI/BOOT; upgrading it.
    Copied rEFInd binary files
    Notice: Backed up existing icons directory as icons-backup.
    Existing refind.conf file found; copying sample file as refind.conf-sample
    to avoid overwriting your customizations.
    WARNING: If you have an Advanced Format disk, *DO NOT* attempt to check the
    bless status with 'bless --info', since this is known to cause disk corruption
    on some systems!!
    Installation has completed successfully.
    Unmounting install dir
    umount(/Volumes/ESP): Resource busy -- try 'diskutil unmount'
    I'm brand new to any kind of "under the hood" computing, this is my first linux install attempt, not super comfortable with terminal, etc so if someone would be kind enough to point me in the right direction n00b style that'd be grrrrreat.
  2. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    My first recommendation is not to install Kali it's not intended to be run on metal and all the tools contained in Kali are in just about every distro's repo. My second is if you want to try the stuff that Kali is for you need to be comfortable in the terminal and most of the tools are cli based. My third is if you want to be proficient in the pen-testing world you install a few distros in virtual box and actually use and break them, then move on to something with a cli based installer so you have to put your system together, that will help you understand why those tools work.
  3. doynton, Feb 14, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2015

    doynton macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2014
    Nothing wrong with your log. You have LVM so it has installed refind to /EFI/BOOT. That is correct for Yosemite.

    If you look in terminal you'll see something like this:

    $ mkdir /Volumes/esp
    $ sudo mount -t msdos /dev/disk0s1 /Volumes/esp
    $ cd /volumes/esp/EFI/BOOT
    $ ls
    bootx64.efi		icons			refind.conf
    drivers_x64		keys			refind.conf-sample
    Try putting in a bootable USB - rEFInd should see it automatically.

    If it does all you have to do is make yourself a partition using disk utility and install your linux to it from your bootable USB key.

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