When booting opensuse via rEFInd, the kernel options are wrong (the root device name is incorrect).

Where do the kernel arguments that rEFInd is using come from, and how do I modify them? The line I'm looking for is of the form

ro root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-APPLE_SSD_SM768E_S119NYAC612 initrd=boot\initrd-3.7.xxx-default

The root argument should be


as that is where the SUSE root partition is. If I edit the boot options from the rEFInd menu (higlight the SUSE entry, hit F2, hit F2 again on the default entry) and modify the options to include the 130-part7 suffix, everything works fine. If not, Linux asks me:

Could not find /dev/disk/by-id/ata-APPLE_SSD_SM768E_S119NYAC612.
Want me to fall back to /dev/disk/by-id/ata-APPLE_SSD_SM768E_S119NYAC612130-part7? (Y/n)

I'd happily hit "Y" here and move on but, unfortunately, the keyboard doesn't work at this stage in the boot process. If I attach a USB keyboard, it works, but I really don't want to carry one around with me. (Perhaps there is a market for a one-key USB keyboard that can be programmed for these things. Dear God...)

So, I am left changing the options via the rEFInd menu every time I boot Linux.

I'd thought about adding a symlink directing ...612 to ...612130-part7, but the links in /dev/disk/by-id/ are stored in tempfs (ie, not persistent). Also, that is a crappy solution.


  • I am running Bootcamp with Lion 10.8 and rEFit with 10.7, however I also have a rEFit box with 10.6 on it. Happy to play with rEFind and SuSE to help you out, just need to know what versions of everything you are running? So: version of Mac OS X, version of rEFind, and version of SuSE?
    – Deesbek
    Commented Oct 24, 2013 at 0:11
  • @Deesbek suse 12.3 x64, ML 10.8.6, not sure about the refind rev but I downloaded it about a week ago for a rebuild. Thanks for your help. This is on a mod-2012 MBP Retina, 16GB, 768SSD yada yada.
    – 3Dave
    Commented Oct 24, 2013 at 2:15

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Quoting the awesome Arch Linux wiki:

To make the change persistent after reboot, edit /boot/refind_linux.conf and append them between the quotes in all required lines, for example

"Boot using default options" "root=UUID=0a3407de-014b-458b-b5c1-848e92a327a3 rw quiet splash"

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