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Boot Loader Interface

systemd can interface with the boot loader to receive performance data and other information. This is only supported on EFI systems. Data is transferred from the boot loader to systemd in EFI variables. All EFI variables use the vendor UUID 4a67b082-0a4c-41cf-b6c7-440b29bb8c4f.

  • The EFI Variable LoaderTimeInitUSec contains the timestamp in microseconds when the loader was initialized. This value is the time spent in the firmware for initialization, it is formatted as numeric, decimal string, in UTF-16.
  • The EFI Variable LoaderTimeExecUSec contains the timestamp in microseconds when the loader finished its work and is about to execute the kernel. The time spent in the loader is the difference between LoaderTimeExecUSec and LoaderTimeInitUSec. This value is formatted the same way as LoaderTimeInitUSec.
  • The EFI variable LoaderDevicePartUUID contains the partition GUID of the ESP the boot loader was run from formatted as UTF16 string, in normal GUID syntax. If LoaderTimeInitUSec and LoaderTimeExecUSec are set, systemd-analyze will include them in its boot-time analysis. If LoaderDevicePartUUID is set, systemd will mount the ESP that was used for the boot to /boot, but only if that directory is empty otherwise, and only if no other file systems are mounted there via user mount units or /etc/fstab.

This interface is currently implemented by Gummiboot sd-boot (see bootctl(1)).