Im installing arch. Upon installation, after partitioning my drives, right when I go to chroot to begin the fun stuff, I get an error

mount:mount point mnt/etc/resolv.conf does not exist
chroot: failed to run command /bin/sh: no such file or directory.  

What this error is caused by in my particular case is the /mnt/etc filesystem being not available even though it shows as mounted, and was just mounted.

/dev/sda2 /mnt
/dev/sda3 /mnt/home

I mount /dev/sda2 to /mnt which works and files are accessible. Then I mount /dev/sda3/ to /mnt/home, and BLAM, blows up the mount for /dev/sda2 /mnt.

It still shows up in # mount, but when changing directory to /, then back to /mnt, its empty realestate inside all subdirs (proc is existant but empty, etc existent but empty, etc..)

Access was lost just as soon as dev/sda3 is mounted to /mnt/home. Whats the likely issue here, is it filesystem issues, partition problem maybe, or something lame simple maybe?

Edit: complete sequence of commands being

# mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
# mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/home
# arch-chroot /mnt
#error message shows, i can reboot, its rinse and repeat

if i try to mount it to a different dir (the 2nd mount), e.g. /mnt/homey it mounts fine, just the same, which im not sure if i made clear, it mounts fine, just then i lose contents of all dirs inside /mnt, e.g. etc/ becomes empty...

  • There is no traditionnal /etc filesystem, your question is a bit unclear, can you edit with mount order in a list (e.g. #1 mount /dev/sdX /foo, #2 mount /dev/sdY /bar/baz ... ), along with result of df comment before and after each mount ?
    – Archemar
    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:17
  • oops, took off /etc, was a typo brain fart, two of them. and added the new fact that the subdirs are there, but its the subdirs that are empty, e.g. etc is empty. Aug 31, 2015 at 8:27
  • Strange, your mount order is cannonical. have you try another mount dir ? (e.g. /mnt2 /mnt2/home ? )
    – Archemar
    Aug 31, 2015 at 8:35
  • Your error is referring to a mountpoint named /mnt/etc/resolv.conf. There are situations in which it is common to bind-mount something on top of a file like this, but nothing in your question indicates you are doing so. Can you update your question with the complete sequence of commands you are running before your encounter the problem you have described?
    – larsks
    Aug 31, 2015 at 12:12

1 Answer 1


There was alot of random errors, if you notice, and the problem was fairly unforseen. I was using an old install medium, therefore it was exibiting various bugs, from incompatibilites. Wow, no wonder that was so hard to troubleshsoot.

i was using arch 2015.01.01

Solution: Download and use a fresh copy of install medium.

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