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#1 2012-09-29 12:47:42

Registered: 2012-09-14
Posts: 8

EXT2 --> EXT 3 on Pogoplug. Won't boot.

I decided to tackle this one again.  Had a stable working EXT2, but opinion seems to be that EXT3 is way to go for greater disk stability with possibility of power outage, etc.

So, I followed this process to convert:  ttps://

1.  Using a Pogoplug V2, with a single USB stick, single partition /dev/root
2.  Put the stick into my Ubuntu system
3.  In Ubuntu, the partition was identified as /dev/sdb1
4.  In console, entered this command: 

sudo tune2fs -j /dev/sdb1

5. Journaling completed
6.  After this, I put the stick back in the pogoplug, and everything booted up, but the /dev/root still said ext2 with the mount command.
7.  Per the instruction, edited the fstab file so that it includes /dev/root / ext3 defaults 0 1
8.  Added the MODULES="ext3" to /etc/mkinitcpio.conf
9.  Here's where it didn't complete:
     Attempted following command, and got errors

mkinitcpio -p linux

     Something about a linux profile not available

Now, pogoplug won't boot - got the orange light.

Any ideas on how to get the system back to boot?  I reverted the fstab and the mkinitcpio.conf changes, and nothing.



#2 2012-09-29 13:04:15

Registered: 2009-05-06
Posts: 25,440

Re: EXT2 --> EXT 3 on Pogoplug. Won't boot.

huntrm wrote:

Something about a linux profile not available

You should have dealt with this problem before rebooting.

Arch Linux doesn't support ARM architecture, Arch Linux ARM does. You should go and ask there.
I'm not sure if it's relevant, but … 2-pinkgray says

Can I use ext3/4?
U-Boot only supports booting from ext2 drives. Booting from ext3/4 drives is unstable and is not recommended. But, if you know what you're doing, you can make an ext2 /boot partition as sda1 and partition the rest as ext3/4. Make sure to edit /etc/fstab too!

Last edited by karol (2012-09-29 13:05:20)


#3 2012-09-29 16:06:29

From: Pasadena, CA
Registered: 2009-07-13
Posts: 14,712

Re: EXT2 --> EXT 3 on Pogoplug. Won't boot.

Karol, is right.  In the mean time, I have also moved this to 'Other Architectures' so as not not to confuse the Newbie forum

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