EFI is wiped on wipe whole disk and install

Bug #1499323 reported by Dave Morley on 2015-09-24
This bug affects 6 people
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Dell Sputnik
Release Notes for Ubuntu

Bug Description

Boot into the live cd
Open a terminal
Type sudo mount /dev/sda1 /tmp
cd /tmp/EFI/
sudo mkdir boot
sudo touch boot/bootx64.efi
sudo reboot

When you see the DELL logo tap on F2
Select Boot Sequence
Select Add Boot Option
In the new window add the Following:
Boot Option Name : Ubuntu
File Name: Tap the three dots and select EFI/ubuntu/shimx64.efi
Check the Ubuntu entry and uncheck UEFI: SAMSUNG SSD....
Apply and Exit

The system will now boot.

1. Get an XPS 13 with ubuntu preinstalled
2. Install a newer version of Ubuntu
3. In the install select Wipe Disk and install

I expect the system to boot

The dev/sda1 is wiped removing the EFI boot partition
This is replaced but the dell bios expects to find /EFI/boot/bootx64.efi, but ubuntu only add EFI/ubuntu/*.efi entries, so consequently can not find the hard drive at all.

The Workaround describes the steps to fix this till a full solution is found.

This is here as a workaround doc more than a bug.

Dave Morley (davmor2) on 2015-09-24
description: updated
Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:

tags: added: iso-testing
Changed in ubuntu-release-notes:
status: New → Fix Released
ytxmobile (ytxmobile) on 2017-02-20
description: updated
Craig Harding (craigwharding) wrote :

With Xubuntu 16.04.2 I don't have a /EFI directory but an empty /boot/efi directory.

Is there another location I can create the bootx64.efi file?

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