grub-install does not see block device while being in chroot user environment

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10


Running grub-install block device while being chrooted after booting into the rescue mode causes the error:

block device: Not found or not a block device.

While in chroot mode issuing lsscsi reports:

error: Unable to open /proc/mounts for reading Unable to locate sysfsroot. If kernel>= 2.6.0 Try something like 'mount -t sysfs none /sys'.


Before changing environment to root the following commands needs to be issued:

mount --bind /proc /CurrentMountPointofRootPartition/proc
mount --bind /dev /CurrentMountPointofRootPartition/dev
mount --bind /sys /CurrentMountPointofRootPartition/sys

After that the command chroot /CurrentMountPointofRootPartition can be issued and the virtual proc, sys and dev filesystems will be available from within the chroot environment so that commands like grub-install can function.



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  • Document ID:3141099
  • Creation Date: 14-Feb-2007
  • Modified Date:23-Feb-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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