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LVM symbolic links /dev/$VGNAME/$LVNAME unavailable in SLE11SP3 rescue system

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 Service Pack 3


While trying to setup a chroot environment in a SLE11SP3 rescue system the bash returns:
Rescue:~ # mount /dev/system/root /mnt
mount: special device /dev/system/root does not exist


There are two possible solutions:
  1. Instead of /dev/$VGNAME/$LVNAME please use the devices available in /dev/mapper/$VGNAME-$LVNAME (e.g. /dev/mapper/system-root).

  2. Run the vgmknodes command which will create the necessary links in /dev


/dev/$VGNAME/$LVNAME are symlinks to the device files in /dev/mapper which do not get created by default in the SLE11SP3 rescue system.


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  • Document ID:7014112
  • Creation Date:14-NOV-13
  • Modified Date:30-SEP-14
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
      SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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