Updating a Linux system fails with JFS filesystem

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10


Upgrading a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 system to SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 fails with the error message "Partitions could not be mounted" when YaST tries to mount a JFS filesystem.


The JFS filesystem needs to be unmounted cleanly from the old system before upgrading to SLES10. In case the SLES9 system does not shut down properly, the rescue system of the installation disk of either version can be used to run fsck.jfs manually on the affected filesystem.

Additional Information

The installation system on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1 is planned to have an installation system which runs fsck.jfs before mounting a JFS filesystem.


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  • Document ID:3869423
  • Creation Date: 20-Feb-2007
  • Modified Date:24-Feb-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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