I copied a Linux installation from one partition to another partition on a different drive. I did this from a live usb and omitted dev, /proc and /sys. I ran update-grub from the original install, it found the copy installment and created an entry. The entry looks fine. I edited the new /etc/fstab as a last step by commenting out old stuff and writing new stuff using the new UUIDs.

The original install is Debian installed onto LVM on LUKS. It is a non encrypted boot partition and a LUKS partition which holds a swap partition and a root partition via LVM. The new partition is just one single unencrypted partition.

However, when I try to boot the new GRUB entry, it always loads the old version from the old partition, even when the UUIDs in the grub.cfg are definitely the right ones. I am always asked to unlock the old partition while booting from the new one, and when I do that and let it boot through, only the old partition is mounted, not the new one.

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    How did you perform the copy?
    – Kusalananda
    Mar 24, 2019 at 13:20
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    I believe (some) contents of /etc/fstab are included in the initial ram disk. Have you tried calling update-initramfs manpages.debian.org/jessie/initramfs-tools/…. At least there is a chicken and egg problem where the kernel needs to know the partition containing /etc/fstab before it has mounted that partition. Mar 24, 2019 at 13:43
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    You may also be missing a grub-install in there somewhere. Mar 26, 2019 at 16:19
  • update-initramfs did the trick! Thank you very much!
    – Guestuser
    Mar 30, 2019 at 15:06

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Chrooting into the new copied install and running update-initramfs did the trick.

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