booting ends in grub command line with btrfs filesystem for root

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Upon booting the server ends up in grub command line:


Boot from the installation ISO into the rescue mode.
Example on how to mount the btrfs filesystem and check it's contents:
#lsblk -f
#mount /dev/mapper/system-root /mnt
#btrfs subvolume list /mnt
#umount /mnt
#mount -o subvol=@ /dev/mapper/system-root /mnt

Check the default subvolume:

#btrfs subvolume get-default /mnt

It was found in some cases that the default subvolume was incorrectly set for some reason or was missing the important files.
In such cases this can fixed by pointing the default subvolume to the latest correct snapshot (has grub.cfg, kernel etc.).

For example (you need to replace 273 with the ID on your system):

#btrfs subvolume list
ID 273 gen 194 top level 266 path @/.snapshots/4/snapshot
#btrfs subvolume set-default 273 /mnt



For btrfs filesystem grub tries to boot from the default subvolume. If this subvolume does not contain the grub.cfg configuration file then you end up in grub command line.


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  • Document ID:000021092
  • Creation Date: 06-Jun-2023
  • Modified Date:16-Jun-2023
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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