I have a Linux installation with boot partition on internal laptop ssd and home partition on an external removable hdd. Since the first time I removed the HDD and booted Linux, I am unable to make Manjaro run again.

It says "a launch job is running for /dev/disk/by-uuid/[id], reach timeout and then fails, being unable to solve dependencies for home and fsck. Then it asks for root password or ctrl +d. I give it root password but It doesn't make any progress.

Any fix?

  • I do not know if blkid is available in Manjaro's emergency mode. If it is, does it list list the external HDD? What does dmesg say in regard to the external HDD?
    – Hermann
    Oct 17, 2019 at 20:24

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You should give the manjaro systemd back the hdd with the home partition. Probably the UUID is in /etc/fstab, and that partition is now offline.

This is a big and a small thing at once. Do you have a reason for mounting /home externally? Otherwise it is quite standard to keep home on "root". Not /root, but /.

The failure is dramatic, but because "home" is missing, it is no wonder.

  • I have plugged the HDD again but I can't make Manjaro recognize it again and I keep being stuck on emergency mode. Main reason to keep home partition on external HDD is the fact that the on-board laptop SSD lacks space to keep both Windows and Manjaro on it
    – EagleOne
    Oct 17, 2019 at 20:18
  • @EagleOne Can you just somehow filter out some important messages? I dont know manjaro, and from the distance it's kinda difficult. I always follow the error messages --- you have systemd?
    – user373503
    Oct 17, 2019 at 20:23
  • @EagleOne ...and describe in three words how you dual boot. You have not done anything drastic with the external HDD, like reformatting or changing partition types? I mean that partition's UUID match the /home entry in /etc/fstab? If yes and it stiill dont work we have a problem...unless you find that decisive error message!
    – user373503
    Oct 17, 2019 at 20:41

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