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Oracle Linux: After Upgrade System Fails to Boot With Error "Failed to mount /sysroot" (Doc ID 2699802.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 13, 2020

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version Oracle Linux 7.0 to Oracle Linux 8.0 [Release OL7 to OL8]
Linux x86-64


On Oracle Linux, after installing a new kernel, The server no longer boots and fails with below messages.

Aug 5 20:46:43 <hostname> systemd[1]: Mounting /sysroot...
Aug 5 20:46:43 <hostname> systemd[4928]: Failed at step EXEC spawning /bin/mount: No such file or directory
Aug 5 20:46:43 <hostname> systemd[1]: sysroot.mount mount process exited, code=exited status=203
Aug 5 20:46:44 <hostname> systemd[1]: Failed to mount /sysroot.
Aug 5 20:46:44 <hostname> systemd[1]: Dependency failed for Initrd Root File System.
Aug 5 20:46:44 <hostname> systemd[1]: Dependency failed for Reload Configuration from the Real Root.
Aug 5 20:46:44 <hostname> systemd[1]: Unit sysroot.mount entered failed state


/usr/bin/mount binary is missing from the initramfs file which fails to boot the server, you can verify using command:

# lsinitrd /boot/initramfs-<release_version_of_kernel> | grep mount  


 VM restarted after upgrading kernel.


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