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Bug#802187: debian-installer: On first boot after install init hangs due to missing symlink "/etc/mtab to /proc/self/mounts"

Control: reassign -1 finish-install
Control: severity -1 serious
Control: tag -1 - d-i
Control: affects -1 debian-installer

Hi pete,

pete <stardeep25@yahoo.com.au> (2015-10-18):
> Package: debian-installer
> Version: Debian GNU/Linux testing "Stretch" - Official Snapshot amd64
> CD Binary-1 20151012-12:17
> Severity: important
> Tags: d-i
> Dear Maintainer,
> On first boot after install init hangs due to missing symlink
> [ 4.904755] systemd [1]: /etc/mtab is not a symlink or not pointing to
> /proc/self/mounts. This is not supported anymore. Please replace
> /etc/mtab with a symlink to /proc/self/mounts.
> [ 4.904755] systemd [1]: Freezing execution.
> Was able to get the system working by booting into rescue mode from the
> install CD, 
> mounting the root partion, 
> moving the current /etc/mtab to /etc/mtab.old and then making the
> symlink ln -s /proc/self/mounts /etc/mtab

Thanks for reporting! This has been discussed in another bug report a
few hours ago, and a fix has been pushed to git; I'm uploading a fixed
package in a moment.

If you would have an extra minute or two, quoting the contents of your
mtab.old would be nice, in case somebody wants/needs to know what bit of
d-i touches this file. But that's really a bonus, nothing absolutely


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