XEN Virtual Machine fails to boot with error: "attempt to seek outside of the file"

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4 (SLES 11 SP4)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 (SLES 12 SP1)



Virtual machines upgraded to kernel version 3.12.53-60.30 fails to boot with the following error:

"error: attempt to seek outside of the file."


Current workaround is to from the grub menu enter the command line by pressing "c", then take the following steps:

insmod gzio
insmod btrfs
set root='hd0,msdos1'
linux /boot/vmlinux-3.12.53-60.30-xen.gz
initrd /boot/initrd-xen


Reported to engineering.

Additional Information

NOTE: This also affects Virtual Machines hosted SLES 11 hosts.


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  • Document ID:7017321
  • Creation Date: 02-Mar-2016
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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