ext2_check_mount_point: No such file ...

Eric Sandeen sandeen at redhat.com
Fri Feb 13 16:39:59 UTC 2009

Ross Boylan wrote:
> I am trying to shrink an ext3 filesystem mounted on top of software
> RAID.  The ultimate goal is to shrink the RAID to make room for a new
> installation that will use LVM over RAID.  I get the error in the
> subject, and wonder what I need to do to avoid it.  Details follow:
> Shrinking needs to be done offline, right?
> After being unable to get Knoppix started I used the break=bottom to
> stop the boot process while I was still in the initrd.  When I
> dismounted the filesystem I discovered my initrd didn't have the ext3
> utilities.  I remount the file system and copied /sbin, /lib, and /etc
> onto my ramdisk.  Without /etc fsck complained about being unable to
> find fstab; afterwords, it ran.
> However, both fsck and resize2fs complained
> ext2_check_mount_point: No such file or directory while determining
> whether /dev/md1 is mounted.
> Adding the -f flag did not help.
> There is no /etc/mtab file.
> I realize this is all pretty dodgy, but is there a way I can deal with
> this problem?  What file or directory is it looking for?

try "cp /proc/mounts to /etc/mtab" perhaps.  Maybe the tools should
check both (if they don't already, I haven't actually checked yet)  :)


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