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Re: [opensuse] cloned drive -- /dev/disk error (suse 10.3)
  • From: "Greg Freemyer" <greg.freemyer@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 17:24:42 -0400
  • Message-id: <87f94c370809041424t6640485cs4b9ab916a213a912@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 9/4/08, James D. Parra <Jamesp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Grub initiates and the Os begins to load until it errors at...
>> ......Could not find
>> /dev/disk/by-id/scsi_SATA_WDC_WD400BB-23FWD-WMAj3002459-part3.
>> Want me to fall back to
>> /dev/disk/by-id/scsi_SATA_WDC_WD400BB-23FWD-WMAj3002459-part3? (Y/n)
>> {selecting Yes restarts the above process and returns you to the above
>> question, while selecting 'no' show the following}
>> not found -- exiting to /bin/sh
>> sh: no job control in this shell.
>> <snip>
>> What is the best way to recover from this? The above request is looking
>> the source drive model which is slightly different that target, cloned
>> drive.
>> Can this be fixed from the repair DVD/CD?
> You need to boot into rescue mode and modify /boot/grub/menu.lst
> and /etc/fstab and correct the settings there. You can find the correct
> id by: ls /dev/disk/by-id. That will show you the ones it knows about
> and you can hopefully tell which one is current. I'm guessing it tells
> you in dmesg too.
> HTH,
> James

Alternatively, if you have a set of machines you routinely keep in
sync via cloning a master image, then on the master you can modify
grub's menu.lst file to reference the old /dev/sdX style paths. Then
the clones should work fine.

ie. We have 5 travel PCs that have identical hardware. When a major
upgrade comes, we upgrade the master and test it out. Modify
menu.lst, then clone the rest of the PCs from the master.


I assume you can modify menu.lst via yast, but I directly edit

On my workstation with a default menu.lst file I have:


in the middle of my kernel boot line.

In my case that would simply need to be "root=/dev/sda5" instead. Not
the part5 and the sda5 are in sync. You need to do that as well.

Greg Freemyer
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