I have the bootup manager rEFInd installed on my Macbook. The key combinations for recovery (Command R and Command R+I) just boot into rEFnd's bootloader. At this point in time holding the option key while booting still allows me to plug in a USB and boot it (e.g. I can boot a Linux Live USB and wipe the disk - afterwards I'd be able to do internet recovery mode without a problem). That being said I'd like to be able to access internet recovery without the usage of external media and without giving up rEFInd. How can I achieve this?

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    purely for my own edification, how long do you press and hold the option key?
    – Thufir
    Commented Jul 11, 2018 at 7:47
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    @Thufir I gave up and wiped the disk, reset NVRAM+SMC, and restored from internet recovery mode.
    – user244412
    Commented Jul 20, 2018 at 13:19
  • I think c will work. But, it seems to be inconsistent..\
    – Thufir
    Commented Jul 20, 2018 at 21:27

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I managed to start the internet recovery mode with rEFInd installed by holding right CMD + alt + R just after pressing power button and before rEFInd starts.

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