Stuck loading initial ramdisk

OkSo this happened:

I tried to update my system. Running pacman - Syu went seemingly fine, but on reboot I get stuck with this screen below.

I tried booting the latest working snapshot, but I get an error saying there is no space left on device. I can login with tty, but can't do much with it. What should I delete to create space for the ayatem to be able to boot?

Maybe you could try to chroot from USB, free some space and retry with the snapshot?
Edit: Sorry, I didn't read you can tty...

I tried booting normally again. Now it says this:

That's progress, right? :sweat_smile:

I can't tty with the latest snapshot. I could tty with older ones and deleted some pacman pkgs, but now those olders snaps don't boot. I get an error saying I need to boot kernel first.

Same with a different kernel, if you have one?
If so, I'd reconsider the chroot

Trying the lts kernel and using nosplash on grub I get this. The kernel is crashing for some reason.

Sorry, we'll need someone more experienced here...
Meanwhile you could try to free up some space as said and maybe again pacman -Syu...

I can't do any terminal stuff cause I can't get to tty.

I'm trying to access chroot, but it says the mount point does not exist. Even though it does exist, I've checked that it does. :thinking:

I have to give up.
My only last suggestion would be to use a live USB and garuda-chroot
I always followed these indications

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I'm actually trying this right now. The live usb is an amazing tool. :slight_smile: The chroot tool in the assistant automatically mounted my previous system and chrooted.

I tried to update the system this way, but it wouldn't complete it because of timeshift.

[[email protected] miikka]# pacman -Syu
:: Synchronizing package databases...
 core                                                                                                                131.2 KiB  1381 KiB/s 00:00 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------] 100%
 extra                                                                                                              1609.6 KiB  4.82 MiB/s 00:00 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------] 100%
 community                                                                                                             5.5 MiB  8.75 MiB/s 00:01 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------] 100%
 multilib                                                                                                            150.4 KiB  29.4 MiB/s 00:00 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------] 100%
 chaotic-aur                                                                                                         969.3 KiB  1049 KiB/s 00:01 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------] 100%
:: Starting full system upgrade...
resolving dependencies...
looking for conflicting packages...

Packages (56) adwaita-icon-theme-40.0-1  bbswitch-dkms-0.8-408  boost-1.75.0-3  boost-libs-1.75.0-3  botan-2.18.0-1  brltty-6.3-2  ca-certificates-mozilla-3.64-1  corectrl-1.1.1-4  enchant-2.2.15-2  gnustep-base-1.27.0-3  harfbuzz-2.8.0-3
              harfbuzz-icu-2.8.0-3  icu-69.1-1  jasper-2.0.28-1  lib32-harfbuzz-2.8.0-3  lib32-icu-69.1-1  lib32-libxml2-2.9.10-4  libcdr-0.1.7-2  libe-book-0.1.3-9  libical-3.0.9-2  libmspub-0.1.4-10  libqalculate-3.18.0-2  libqxp-0.0.2-6
              libreoffice-fresh-7.1.2-3  libsynctex-2020.54586-13  libvisio-0.1.7-5  libxml2-2.9.10-9  libzmf-0.0.2-10  linux-lts-5.10.31-1  linux-lts-headers-5.10.31-1  linux-tkg-bmq-5.11.15-148  linux-tkg-bmq-headers-5.11.15-148
              linux-zen-5.11.15.zen1-2  linux-zen-headers-5.11.15.zen1-2  mtools-4.0.27-1  nss-3.64-1  oath-toolkit-2.6.6-2  postgresql-libs-13.2-2  qca-2.3.2-2  qt5-base-5.15.2+kde+r172-2  qt5-location-5.15.2-3  qt5-svg-5.15.2+kde+r7-1
              qt5-webengine-5.15.3-4  qt5-webkit-5.212.0alpha4-10  qt6-base-6.0.3-2  raptor-2.0.15-16  samba-4.14.2-2  smbclient-4.14.2-2  texlive-bin-2020.54586-13  thunderbird-78.9.1-3  tracker3-3.1.1-2  unarchiver-1.10.7-3
              vte-common-0.64.0-2  vte3-0.64.0-2  webkit2gtk-2.32.0-2  xfsprogs-5.11.0-2

Total Download Size:    734.87 MiB
Total Installed Size:  2248.71 MiB
Net Upgrade Size:        -0.64 MiB

:: Proceed with installation? [Y/n] 
warning: no /var/cache/pacman/pkg/ cache exists, creating...
:: Retrieving packages...
 icu-69.1-1-x86_64                                                                                                    10.6 MiB  8.26 MiB/s 00:01 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]   1%
 ca-certificates-mozilla-3.64-1-x86_64                                                                                10.9 MiB  8.12 MiB/s 00:01 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]   1%
 nss-3.64-1-x86_64                                                                                                    12.4 MiB  8.48 MiB/s 00:01 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]   1%
 linux-lts-5.10.31-1-x86_64                                                                                           87.0 MiB  13.6 MiB/s 00:06 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  11%
 linux-lts-headers-5.10.31-1-x86_64                                                                                  109.9 MiB  14.6 MiB/s 00:08 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  14%
 xfsprogs-5.11.0-2-x86_64                                                                                            111.0 MiB  14.6 MiB/s 00:08 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  15%
 harfbuzz-2.8.0-3-x86_64                                                                                             111.8 MiB  14.6 MiB/s 00:08 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  15%
 libxml2-2.9.10-9-x86_64                                                                                             113.1 MiB  14.6 MiB/s 00:08 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  15%
 adwaita-icon-theme-40.0-1-any                                                                                       123.9 MiB  14.7 MiB/s 00:08 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  16%
 boost-libs-1.75.0-3-x86_64                                                                                          126.3 MiB  14.7 MiB/s 00:09 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  17%
 boost-1.75.0-3-x86_64                                                                                               139.4 MiB  14.6 MiB/s 00:10 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  18%
 botan-2.18.0-1-x86_64                                                                                               141.9 MiB  14.5 MiB/s 00:10 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  19%
 brltty-6.3-2-x86_64                                                                                                 143.5 MiB  14.5 MiB/s 00:10 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  19%
 qt5-base-5.15.2+kde+r172-2-x86_64                                                                                   156.4 MiB  14.8 MiB/s 00:11 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  21%
 qt5-svg-5.15.2+kde+r7-1-x86_64                                                                                      156.6 MiB  14.7 MiB/s 00:11 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  21%
 enchant-2.2.15-2-x86_64                                                                                             156.6 MiB  14.7 MiB/s 00:11 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  21%
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 jasper-2.0.28-1-x86_64                                                                                              156.9 MiB  14.6 MiB/s 00:11 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  21%
 libcdr-0.1.7-2-x86_64                                                                                               157.8 MiB  14.5 MiB/s 00:11 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  21%
 libe-book-0.1.3-9-x86_64                                                                                            158.5 MiB  14.5 MiB/s 00:11 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  21%
 libical-3.0.9-2-x86_64                                                                                              159.1 MiB  14.5 MiB/s 00:11 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  21%
 libmspub-0.1.4-10-x86_64                                                                                            159.6 MiB  14.5 MiB/s 00:11 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  21%
 libqalculate-3.18.0-2-x86_64                                                                                        161.6 MiB  14.5 MiB/s 00:11 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  21%
 libqxp-0.0.2-6-x86_64                                                                                               161.9 MiB  14.4 MiB/s 00:11 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  22%
 libvisio-0.1.7-5-x86_64                                                                                             162.5 MiB  14.4 MiB/s 00:11 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  22%
 libzmf-0.0.2-10-x86_64                                                                                              162.7 MiB  14.4 MiB/s 00:11 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  22%
 raptor-2.0.15-16-x86_64                                                                                             163.1 MiB  14.3 MiB/s 00:11 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  22%
 libreoffice-fresh-7.1.2-3-x86_64                                                                                    298.3 MiB  15.0 MiB/s 00:20 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  40%
 libsynctex-2020.54586-13-x86_64                                                                                     298.3 MiB  14.9 MiB/s 00:20 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  40%
 linux-zen-5.11.15.zen1-2-x86_64                                                                                     395.5 MiB  15.6 MiB/s 00:25 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  53%
 linux-zen-headers-5.11.15.zen1-2-x86_64                                                                             419.5 MiB  15.7 MiB/s 00:27 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  57%
 mtools-4.0.27-1-x86_64                                                                                              419.7 MiB  15.7 MiB/s 00:27 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  57%
 postgresql-libs-13.2-2-x86_64                                                                                       421.1 MiB  15.7 MiB/s 00:27 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  57%
 qca-2.3.2-2-x86_64                                                                                                  421.8 MiB  15.6 MiB/s 00:27 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  57%
 qt5-location-5.15.2-3-x86_64                                                                                        424.7 MiB  15.6 MiB/s 00:27 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  57%
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 smbclient-4.14.2-2-x86_64                                                                                           505.4 MiB  15.7 MiB/s 00:32 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  68%
 samba-4.14.2-2-x86_64                                                                                               513.3 MiB  15.7 MiB/s 00:33 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  69%
 texlive-bin-2020.54586-13-x86_64                                                                                    527.0 MiB  15.7 MiB/s 00:34 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  71%
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 tracker3-3.1.1-2-x86_64                                                                                             572.4 MiB  15.8 MiB/s 00:36 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  77%
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 oath-toolkit-2.6.6-2-x86_64                                                                                         598.5 MiB  15.8 MiB/s 00:38 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------]  81%
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(56/56) checking keys in keyring                                                                                                                 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------] 100%
(56/56) checking package integrity                                                                                                               [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------] 100%
(56/56) loading package files                                                                                                                    [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------] 100%
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:: Running pre-transaction hooks...
(1/6) Creating Timeshift snapshot before upgrade...

(process:417): GLib-GIO-CRITICAL **: 18:38:38.802: g_file_get_path: assertion 'G_IS_FILE (file)' failed

** (process:417): CRITICAL **: 18:38:38.802: tee_jee_file_system_path_combine: assertion 'path1 != NULL' failed

** (process:417): CRITICAL **: 18:38:38.802: tee_jee_file_system_dir_exists: assertion 'dir_path != NULL' failed
E: System disk not found!
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Unable to run timeshift-autosnap! Please close Timeshift and try again. Script will now exit...
error: command failed to execute correctly
error: failed to commit transaction (failed to run transaction hooks)
Errors occurred, no packages were upgraded.
[[email protected] miikka]# 

Risky, but maybe you could try to temporarily disable timeshift-autosnap?

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I can't find any clear instruction on how to disable it. Do I just uninstall the package?

I was thinking to:

/etc/timeshift-autosnap.conf options:

  • skipAutosnap - if set to true script won't be executed
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Ok cool, that works too. I tried just uninstalling the autosnap package for now and it seems to be running the update just fine now. Fingers crossed.

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sudo SKIP_AUTOSNAP= pacman -Syu
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Thanks for the help so far. Update went through, I think. I still get the same hang on loading ramdisk.

Any other ideas?

I'm trying to clear space, but it seems to do nothing. Still 0 bytes of free space.

Maybe a btrfs balance could help?

I tried to uninstall one of the kernels I don't use, just for fun. I get an error "unable to lock database" and then the regular no space left on device.

Maybe
sudo rm /var/lib/pacman/db.lck

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No such file or dierectory.