I have used Linux … for ever. (Last century) and couldn’t install it successfully along Fedora
Calamares (Vulcan for Manjaro) Installer works fine on an empty disk, nothing I tried worked according to #1 : GRUB issue
How could I install Manjaro from a USB Thumb drive, on an empty partition, ideally BTRFS and using an existing /home directory (and a new user there).
I had no issue installing on a "blank’ SSD, but was unable to boot Manjaro on a existing Fedora System.
Calamares is a great idea, but as of and for Manjaro 23.1…1 it is still a work in progress.
The options are confusing, and some useful ones are simply not available.
Need to have simpler option for existing boot loader install or simply update and existing one.
“Manual partitioning” menu does not allow a simpler install. Even Crude Fedora “Anaconda” is more functional.
Ideally it would support BTRFS subvolumes too. (and options like compression, Encryption etc…)
A Usual step by step procedure, to achieve what is requested here would be just great !
It is very likely, that a manual install, with a well documented proper procedure, possibly requiring minor modification of Calamares-Vulcan would allow installing Manjaro along an other distro. If some good soul, has the interest and patience to take this task, it would be a lot more constructive than the RTF from the “basic courtesy & wisdom challenged”. Kudos in advance for the brave who may step up to this plate.
Yes, I am aware of this.
But is Calamares on Debian (for example) is properly configured, Calamares for Manjaro obviously is a work in progress, to allow more than a basic install.
By “more” I just mean add Manjaro on an existing Linux (at least the top Distros) system:
preserving /home (add a user who can be “Administrator”)
installing Manjaro on an empty partition
Ideally allow this partition to b e formatted as desired (ext4, BTRFS, XFS and perhaps more)
Allowing BTRFS Subvolumes
Allowing BTRFS compression
Allowing to add mounting on another Linux partition (creates appropriate /etc/fstab)
I have no experience with BTRFS. However, as far as I’m aware, most of this is achievable using the Manual Partitioning method during Manjaro installation. At least, it is with the official Manjaro distributions.
In another thread, you mentioned that you use Manjaro MATE, one of the Community editions; I don’t know how complete Calamares might be on that.
I have tried to install Manjaro, wirth the latest XFCE : same GRUB problem, would not even boot.
What I tried to do works just fine with other distros, like OpenSuse, Fedora. (perhaps Ubuntu?)
So right or wrong my feeling is that the Vulcan Version of Calamares for Manjaro, needs quite a bit more work : such a great distro deserves a better installer.
I have use GRUB 1 and 2 for ever: GRUB2 is not so simple, and just too many ways to install it, update it etc…
About same comment for efimgr, useful … when it works. (Works OK on Manjaro)
BTRFS is not simple, but it is now very reliable, great performance, has great belts and whistles… and in my view is still poorly documented. It is still continuously enhanced : great job.
Neither GPARTED, nor gnome-disks has kept up with BTRFS … yet.
I also found Manjaro “super ueasy to install” on a machine where the disk could be formatted and the default install.
Too install it along Fedora, or probably others distros) made obvious shortcomings I have not seen in Fedora (and derivatives) or OpenSuse… and more !
No one likes to work on “installers” this is why great installers, usually comme last.
Grub2 is not a piece of cake, but LILO was not one either !
I guess it will take time for Manjaro to have a better GUI installer or some smart dedicated volunteer?
Calamares seems a reasonably OK (perhaps great) framework, it is not bad (not perfect yet) on the new Debian.
I have never formatted any disk. I partition my disk and calamares formats the partitions for me.
I share my disk with Windows. btrfs with subvolumes on the same disk. Zero problems.
But I made my research before installing, separate boot partition was one.
My guess is you have MBR bios or share boot partition or something similar.
But this is no longer a support thread and it sounds like you are not really interested in solving anything.
is untrue, at least for gparted, you can create/resize btrfs, witch I think is what calamares is using.