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chroot failing with: cannot run command `/bin/bash': No such file or directory

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11


After booting the server from a DVD via the "Rescue System" option, changing root into the installed OS is failing with: 
chroot: failed to run command ‘/bin/bash’: No such file or directory



The problem could be fixed by: 
  • Making sure the real root filesystem is mounted. 
  • Ensuring that /bin/bash exists.
  • All needed libraries are installed.
  • Restoring the system from a valid backup. 


The cause of the error above could be:
  • Wrong root filesystem mounted. Double check if mounted disk is the real root filesystem.
  • The /bin/bash executable is missing or symbolic link pointing to non-existing/wrong file.
  • The libraries needed to run /bin/bash are missing. "ldd" could be used to check for the needed libraries. 
  • The root filesystem is missing either /lib or /lib64 directory.

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  • Document ID:000020553
  • Creation Date: 21-Jan-2022
  • Modified Date:24-Feb-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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