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I am trying to mount a squashfs file during initramfs. I have included loop and squashfs modules.

Currently using mount /foo.squashfs /mountpoint
or mount -t squashfs -o loop /foo.squashfs /mountpoint
results with Error: block device required.

However, first setting up loop device manually with losetup /dev/loop0 /foo.squashfs then mounting with mount /dev/loop0 /mountpoint is sucessful.

I suspect I am missing a kernel module, but I am not sure.

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    Just go with the successful method. busybox can be weird sometimes. If in doubt, check lsmod before and after successful mount. Maybe strace it. – frostschutz Jan 9 at 17:25
  • Currently I solved the problem by copying the 'mount' executable from the linux environment. – Kaarel Pärtel Jan 11 at 6:14
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The reason ended up being, that the environment, on which I was building the initramfs. did not have busybox installed. Update-initramfs defaulted to using klibc, which did not have many features, including automatic loop mounting.

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