Nio Wiklund nio.wiklund at
Sat Oct 31 16:48:45 UTC 2015

Den 2015-10-31 kl. 16:36, skrev Ian Bruntlett:
> Hi Nio et al,
> On 31 October 2015 at 15:02, Nio Wiklund <nio.wiklund at
> <mailto:nio.wiklund at>> wrote:
>     And then you were hit by bug #1511376, which Phill and I have discussed
>     how to work around today. I think you can try 'my recipe',
>     -----
>     Running in a *real* computer I booted from the install pendrive, changed
>     directory to the mounted partition of the installed system and ran
>     sudo ln -sf /proc/self/mounts etc/mtab
>     (ln {space} -sf and no slash before etc works in this case)
> Thanks for the tip. Didn't quite get it to work, here is what I found...
> Booted from the 16.04 USB flash drive, chose to run Linux rather than
> install it.
> sudo ln -sf /proc/self/mounts
> Failed "ln: failed to create symlink 'etc/mtab': No such file or directory"
> mkdir etc
> sudo ln -sf /proc/self/mounts etc/mtab
> "ln: failed to create symbolic link 'etc/mtab': Operation not permitted.
> PS. Forgot to mention before - did the install twice. First install
> worked. Second install had some kind of corruption on-screen during
> installation - some kind of horizontal garbage lines but the install
> messages appeared OK on top of that..
> BW,
> Ian
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Hi Ian,

Did you [mount and] change directory to the partition of the installed

In my case it was automatically mounted, when I booted from the Lubuntu
install drive. So I did what is illustrated in the attached file.

If the installed system's root partition is not mounted, you must mount
it, for example

sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt

and after that change directory and link

cd /mnt
sudo ln -sf /proc/self/mounts etc/mtab

Best regards
-------------- next part --------------
lubuntu at lubuntu:~$ df -h|grep -e sda -e Filesystem
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1       455G  2.4G  430G   1% /media/lubuntu/7a954782-56dd-487b-a62d-76cd6027e017
lubuntu at lubuntu:~$ cd /media/lubuntu/7a954782-56dd-487b-a62d-76cd6027e017
lubuntu at lubuntu:/media/lubuntu/7a954782-56dd-487b-a62d-76cd6027e017$ sudo ln -sf /proc/self/mounts etc/mtab
lubuntu at lubuntu:/media/lubuntu/7a954782-56dd-487b-a62d-76cd6027e017$ ls -l etc/mtab 
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 19 Oct 31 14:26 etc/mtab -> ../proc/self/mounts
lubuntu at lubuntu:/media/lubuntu/7a954782-56dd-487b-a62d-76cd6027e017$ 

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