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#1 2023-02-28 01:40:46

waynew
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Registered: 2012-05-20
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I can install Arch, but it never finishes a boot cycle

I can boot the Arch install media and it comes up just fine - no issues at all.

I've followed the Arch install guide to create a UEFI partition and everything, and it seems to work.

However, when I go to boot from GRUB it makes it somewhere past the kernel I think, and seems to fail after intramfs... somewhere. I've changed my linux line in grub from loglevel=3 quiet to loglevel=7 verbose and it'll start talking to me - sometime after "Starting uevents" the system just reboots.

I've even tried adding "init=/bin/bash" to the linux line and it continues to reboot during startup.

Any clue how I would figure out what's going on here?

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#2 2023-02-28 01:43:05

waynew
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Re: I can install Arch, but it never finishes a boot cycle

A bit more hacking around, I've discovered that I can add `systemd.unit=rescue.target` to the line and I will boot successfully to the root shell. Hitting ctrl+d and I'm able to log in as my root user...

edit: after poking around and installing a couple of modules rescue.target no longer works. Going to try and remove the modules to see if I can get back in with the rescue.target...

Last edited by waynew (2023-02-28 02:07:39)

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#3 2023-02-28 08:02:46

d.ALT
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Re: I can install Arch, but it never finishes a boot cycle

Did you recently upgraded linux / linux-lts?

waynew wrote:

I've even tried adding "init=/bin/bash"


A bit more hacking around, I've discovered that I can add `systemd.unit=rescue.target` to the line and I will boot successfully

By default, on standard installations, you're not supposed to do all of these "hack" for such things...


Boot into ArchLinux Live, mount needed partitions and post here:

# cat /path/to/mounted/your-ArchLinux-installation/etc/fstab

# cat /path/to/mounted/your-ArchLinux-installation/etc/default/grub

# ls -l /path/to/mounted/your-uefi-or-boot-partition/

Also, you could chroot into your ArchLinux's installation and try downgrading the kernel:

### FROM WITHIN CHROOT
# pacman -U https://archive.archlinux.org/packages/l/linux/linux-6.1.9.arch1-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst

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#4 2023-02-28 19:46:19

waynew
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Re: I can install Arch, but it never finishes a boot cycle

I just installed fresh - both from an older install ISO and a brand new torrented yesterday 6.1.8 kernel'd iso.

It's the first time I've *ever* seen an issue like this, and haven't found any better answers either here in the forums or on the internet at large - hence the post smile

Here's the information:

ls -l /mnt/boot

total 98228
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root     4096 Feb 27 22:18 EFI
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root     4096 Feb 28 00:48 grub
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 13532716 Feb 28 19:33 initramfs-linux.img
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 68760389 Feb 28 19:34 initramfs-linux-fallback.img
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root  7066624 Feb 15 00:22 intel-ucode.img
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 11208160 Feb 28 19:33 vmlinuz-linux

cat /mnt/etc/fstab

# Static information about the filesystems.
# See fstab(5) for details.

# <file system> <dir> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
# /dev/mmcblk2p2
UUID=8a748461-74cd-4f3a-bb44-aa29850c82d1	/         	ext4      	rw,relatime	0 1

# /dev/mmcblk2p1
UUID=5D42-1EA8      	/boot     	vfat      	rw,relatime,fmask=0022,dmask=0022,codepage=437,iocharset=ascii,shortname=mixed,utf8,errors=remount-ro	0 2

# /dev/sdb1
UUID=060842f8-981d-4e6d-9a15-fd99824fbb13	/home     	ext4      	rw,relatime	0 2

default/grub (minus # and blank lines)

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=""
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="loglevel=3 quiet"
GRUB_DEFAULT=0
GRUB_DISABLE_RECOVERY=true
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR="Arch"
GRUB_GFXMODE=auto
GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=keep
GRUB_PRELOAD_MODULES="part_gpt part_msdos"
GRUB_TERMINAL_INPUT=console
GRUB_TIMEOUT=5
GRUB_TIMEOUT_STYLE=menu 

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#5 2023-02-28 23:10:01

waynew
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Re: I can install Arch, but it never finishes a boot cycle

I downgraded to 6.1.8 - and now it appears that I can boot to the shell. I haven't tried 6.1.9 yet...

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