Installing Edgy on existing SuSE partitions fails: No rootfs

Bug #71821 reported by Gerd Bavendiek on 2006-11-14
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ubiquity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: ubiquity


I'm currently migrating some of my boxes from SuSE to Ubuntu. After selecting the old SuSE root partition as the new root partition the Ubuntu installer refused to continue, complaining "No root file system". This happened on two of my boxes. Thanks to strace being available on the Ubuntu Live System I found that the installer issued

file -s /dev/sdb7 # with sdb7 carrying the old SuSE root file system

Doing this manually I got something like

x86 boot sector, code offset 0x48

I finally found that I had to overwrite the old GRUB sector doing

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb7 count=1

which made file -s report

Linux rev 1.0 ext3 filesystem data

Now the installer continued quite fine.


Gerd Bavendiek (gerd-bavendiek) wrote :


too late I found that this one is obviously well known as Bug Id 67130. Sorry !


Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

Indeed. Marking as duplicate.

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