I have a virtual box hosting xubuntu. I did not have enough space anymore on the /boot partition, so I (temporary) moved the /boot/grub to /tmp in order to be able to run 'sudo apt-get -f install'.

Unfortunately, I forgot to put back the grub/ folder... (doh)

So now I can only go into the 'grub rescue' mode...

Is there any way to fix it from there?

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As you can see I don't have any boot folder anymore!

PS: so this thread doesn't help: Recovering from 'grub rescue>' crash

EDIT: I am hosting my virtual box (Xubuntu) on Windows.

Thank you in advance.


Chroot in your installation with an Iso or CD/DVD from installations-medium in virtualbox.

dpkg -l | grep grub | awk '{print $2}' | xargs sudo apt-get install --reinstall -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-confnew" -y
  • thank you, do you have any link which explain how to do that? – Bast Jan 4 '17 at 6:35
  • Only a german link, that is current. If you have no LVM and encryption . You need to know the /-partiton and if you have a own /boot-partition. mount /dev/xxx /mnt/ for bios-installation with own boot-partition mount /dev/xxx /mnt/boot With efi mount /dev/xxx /mnt/boot/efi This will mount the necessary virtual FS for dir in /dev /dev/pts /proc /sys /run; do sudo mount --bind $dir /mnt/$dir; done For Network-access cp -a /etc/resolv.conf /mnt/etc/resolv.conf Now you can chroot. chroot /mnt/ /bin/bash In chroot mount -a so all partiton in the System will be mounted. – user192526 Jan 4 '17 at 10:41

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