Debian Installation :: Debootstrap Installation On Btrfs Subvolumes

Sep 7, 2015

So I have installed Debian through debootstrap and it seemed to go off without a hitch, the problem came problem came about during the boot process. I am dual-booting with Arch and use Systemd-boot as my bootloader... it finds the kernal and initrd and starts to boot but I run into this problem where it gets to the options part for root and doesn't mount. have done this very same installation on virtualbox with ext4 filesystem and it worked without a hitch.. I know it has something to do with the btrfs subvolumes I'm so new to Debian I haven't made it past this installation process..

here is my lsblk
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sda        8:0      0    /My_Files
sdb        8:32    0    /home
sdc        8:48    0     


I have installed btrfs-tools and I don't know what the following means... It seems to do the first two fine, vmlinuz and initrd.img but it doesn't find my root because maybe it doesn't recognize the 'rootflags' tag? or Debian doesn't automatically deal with btrfs-subvolumes nicely?


Select allBegin: checking root file system . . . fsck from util-linux 2.25.2
/sbin/fsck.btrfs: BTRFS file system
mount: mounting PARTUUID=................................................................ on /root failed
Target filesystem doesn't have requested /sbin/init

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I successfully created btrfs subvolumes manually in a shell session during ("expert") installation and manually mounted them to the desired mount points in /target. Installation went through until grub2 installation, which failed.

Is there a best practice to install Debian (Jessie) on a btrfs file system with subvolumes? I want to use subvolumes for /, /home, /var/log and /var/lib/mysql.

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Invalid Release file: no entry for main/binary-amd64/Packages

I have tried several iso's with several cd's but nothing is working.

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I: Retrieving Release
I: Validating Packages
I: Resolving dependencies of required packages...
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W: Failure trying to run: chroot /dir mount -t proc proc /proc


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first time with debootstrap, i followed: [URL] the error i get on boot looks like this:

Code: Select all [URL]

they did not mention lvm speficically so i just installed lvm2 inside the chroot and created my fstab like this:

Code: Select all/dev/mapper/debian--unstable-root / ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
/dev/mapper/debian--unstable-home /home ext4    defaults        0       2
/dev/mapper/debian--unstable-tmp /tmp       ext4    defaults        0       2
/dev/mapper/debian--unstable-var /var    ext4    defaults        0       2

Having one mounted from jessie looks like this:

Code: Select all/dev/mapper/debian--unstable-root on /home/julius/other-systems/debian-unstable type ext4 (rw,relatime,data=ordered)

So I guess the fstab is correct

I already tried to "refresh" the inittab with:

Code: Select allupdate-initramfs -u
command ran ok, but no change at boot.

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