Recovering a Damaged Linux Set up With Chroot


Chroot is a technique of specializing in part of your filesystem. This modifications obvious root listing. Which supplies asscess to root filesystem and root entry in an effort to carry out numerous operations on the system.
A few of which embrace

  1. Recovering a damaged set up (Reinstalling the bootloader)
  2. Upgrading and Downgrading packages
  3. Resetting a forgotten passsword
  4. Repair your /and so on/fstab


Typically in case twin boot, as a result of a Home windows Replace or a BIOS Replace, It might occur that you’re left with the default bios choices which has Legacy Boot mode and also you solely have home windows as a choice to boot. Or possibly you simply deleted your EFI partition in some way!

On this case the information in our linux partitions is protected however you cant entry it instantly. So as to achieve entry to the system you want to resintall GRUB (or extra particularly MBR).


It’s essential entry your damaged set up in an effort to repair it.


  1. It’s essential seize the Arch Linux ISO from Website.
  2. Make a bootable USB Drive.
  3. Make certain besides into UEFI mode.
  4. Boot into archlinux.
  5. Match the structure of the system you’re booted in with the system you want to enter.

uname -r Likely this can bex86_64.

  1. Allow Swap if wanted.

swapon /path/to/swapfile


chroot is all in regards to the root file filesystem /. It’s essential mount the partition earlier than performing chroot.

Examine the situation and filetype of the your disk.

fdisk -l
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Output in my case is :

Disk /dev/sda: 1.82 TiB, 2000398934016 bytes, 3907029168 sectors
Disk mannequin: ST2000LM007-1R81
Models: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector measurement (logical/bodily): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O measurement (minimal/optimum): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel kind: gpt

System          Begin        Finish    Sectors   Dimension Kind
/dev/sda1        2048     526335     524288   256M Linux filesystem
/dev/sda2      526336  419956735  419430400   200G Linux filesystem
/dev/sda3   419956736 3277883391 2857926656   1.3T Linux filesystem
/dev/sda4  3277883392 3278088191     204800   100M EFI System
/dev/sda5  3278088192 3278120959      32768    16M Microsoft reserved
/dev/sda6  3278120960 3905969269  627848310 299.4G Microsoft fundamental information
/dev/sda7  3905970176 3907026943    1056768   516M Home windows restoration setting
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In above output :

/dev/sda2 #root filesystem(/)
/dev/sda3 #house (/house)
/dev/sda1 #EFI partition
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To correctly mounting these partitions you want to know the kind of partition, You will get this utilizing blkid :

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/dev/sda4: UUID="BEBE-377F" BLOCK_SIZE="512" TYPE="vfat" PARTLABEL="EFI system partition" PARTUUID="b0ce5bc5-5767-4138-ba63-209fd95abbc7"
/dev/sda2: UUID="cb2baa0a-3a81-42a1-9670-6060fabaa27f" BLOCK_SIZE="4096" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="8b7aaeab-1bcb-cf43-8b5d-785fbc5c63a1"
/dev/sda7: BLOCK_SIZE="512" UUID="CAAEBF45AEBF2939" TYPE="ntfs" PARTUUID="ecd471f6-cbd4-4a8a-b70c-54070669939c"
/dev/sda5: PARTLABEL="Microsoft reserved partition" PARTUUID="75d5ffda-1051-47cc-8cba-ae187d2d35d7"
/dev/sda3: UUID="1fe29b19-feb2-4924-b8ac-91a7e4785e98" BLOCK_SIZE="4096" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="f15d44bb-96f9-0d42-a0f8-4109dd5959b0"
/dev/sda1: UUID="D939-5AD9" BLOCK_SIZE="512" TYPE="vfat" PARTUUID="242f0c5c-5a6c-554c-a2c3-70d6268b835a"
/dev/sda6: BLOCK_SIZE="512" UUID="3AAAC0ADAAC066CB" TYPE="ntfs" PARTLABEL="Primary information partition" PARTUUID="6cfc75a8-c9ee-4239-8cec-2394c0ec5037"
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You will get kind of partition in TYPE discipline.

Now mount your partition accordingly on /mnt.

  • Most necessary partition is root /.

Right here -t is the kind of filesystem.

mount -t ext4 /dev/sda2 /mnt
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mount -t ext4 /dev/sda3 /mnt/house
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  • Mount different required partitions.

These embrace digital filesystems required for chroot to run

for i in /dev /dev/pts /proc /sys /run; do mount -B $i /mnt$i; executed
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  • If you wish to replace the GRUB, mount /sys/firmware/efi/efivars.
mount -B /sys/firmware/efi/efivars /mnt/sys/firmware/efi/efivars
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  • In case you’ve setup your community and wish to use it within the chrooted system, copy over /and so on/resolv.conf in order that you’ll resolve domains :

cp -L /and so on/resolv.conf /mnt/and so on/resolv.conf

In spite of everything required partitions are mounted you’re free to chroot into your /mnt listing.


Use chroot command to maneuver into mounted filesystem.

chroot /mnt /bin/bash
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  • In case you’ll be doing something with GRUB, you may must be certain your /and so on/mtab file is up-to-date :

grep -v rootfs /proc/mounts > /and so on/mtab


After a profitable chroot, You get root entry on mounted root(/) filesystem. You might be free to do something you need. Like :

  • Improve and Downgrade packages.

Use your bundle supervisor to improve or downgrade damaged packages.

  • Change a forgotten password.

You should use passwd <username> to vary the password.

  • Repair your /and so on/fstab.
  • Improve or Downgrade kernel.
  • Something you wish to do.

Recovering damaged set up


So as to Reinstall the GRUB you want to mount your EFI partition.

mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /boot/efi
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Run grub-install

grub-install --target=x86_64-efi --efi-directory=/boot/efi --bootloader-id=arch_grub --recheck --force --debug
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After this be sure to unmount your EFI partition.

umount /boot/efi
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When you find yourself executed together with your work you’ll be able to exit chroot by typing exit.

Now unmount all of the partitions you mounted.

umount -R /mnt
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If any error happens, you should use umount -l to checklist all of the mounted partitions and unmount remaining partitions.


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