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[solved] disk drive for /tmp is not ready

Postby marietta_greg on Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:53 pm

Hi, I've noticed a new message just after the grub menu that says

"the disk drive for /tmp is not ready yet or not present

continue to wait S to skip or M for manual recovery."

If I simply wait, the system boots to the normal login screen thought with about a 30 second pause. Funny thing is I HAVE no /tmp in my /etc/fstab So I don't know why grub thinks I have a /tmp or how to solve this.

I've done some searching on it, found associations with installs that went bad, but I've had Maya MATE installed for months.

One suggestion was mount -o remount, rw /tmp, but that brought up a message about how to properly use mount. I corrected it to mount -o remount, ext4 rw /tmp got the same message so don't know further what to do. Anyone know why my system is looking for /tmp? Here's my fstab which hasn't changed recently:

UUID=AC7C4EC27C4E86D4 /windows ntfs-3g umask=007 0 0
UUID=c9afb3c7-a9b8-4adc-9a90-4a2ef8c2925d / ext4 defaults 0 1
UUID=077556db-bbbe-4422-976a-018206fea16c swap swap sw 0 0
UUID=d3e216e5-257b-4559-b3a6-2d1d56bcec78 /home ext4 defaults 0 2
//10.0.0.2/shared /mnt/gregbackup cifs username=xxxx,password=xxxxxxxxxxxxx 0 0
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Re: disk drive for /tmp is not ready

Postby mick1027 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:01 am

I just started getting this message too. I am running Mint 14. thanks
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Re: disk drive for /tmp is not ready

Postby ammofreak on Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:06 pm

Hi: am having the same problem. Am using Mint 14. Noticed this after upgrade to Mint 14 and have never found a solution. I simply press S and continue in the given options. Everything seems to work. However, every once in a while the bottom panel and my home folder will not appear. I have to log out, set MATE as default again, and everything is fine for awhile. Tried installing again but to no avail....
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Re: disk drive for /tmp is not ready

Postby marietta_greg on Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:30 pm

It started spontaneously for me, as I haven't done a new install recently. I pretty much accept all of the Mintupdate items, and since a reboot is extremely rarely required, I wouldn't have noticed if this began following one of those.

I have not experienced the panel disappearing. Thats gotta be a pretty good scare when you can't get to /home. That's a pain!
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Re: disk drive for /tmp is not ready

Postby marietta_greg on Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:52 pm

Can someone from the MATE team please look at this. I'd really like to solve it.

3.5.0-19-generic (/dev/sda5)'

Thanks,
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Re: disk drive for /tmp is not ready

Postby passerby on Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:25 pm

I can't find the exact thread, but another user was able to avoid this problem by mounting /tmp to RAM.
To do this:
-Open a terminal and run "sudo pluma /etc/fstab" (replace pluma with gedit if you're using Cinnamon)
-In the document that opens, add a new line that reads:
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none /tmp tmpfs defaults 0 0

-Save and close the document
To make sure you did it right, run "sudo mount -a". If no errors pop up, it should be ok.

/tmp will exist whether you add it to fstab or not. It's your temp file directory, and it should always exist.
When the OS has difficulty using your /tmp directory, that error will occur. There are different causes, so the above may or may not help.
I don't think the home folder or bottom panel are related to this issue. I would think the bottom panel problem pertains to its config file not being read, or perhaps having MATE's cache folder not writeable. Another problem that could have multiple causes; I'm afraid you'll get no concise answer from me :P
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Re: disk drive for /tmp is not ready

Postby marietta_greg on Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:46 pm

OK, I did this, and rebooted to try it out....and apparently disaster.

PC boots directly to:

error: no such partition
grub rescue>

Thats it. I have no idea what to do at this promp.

I've logged back into the forums from another PC, thank GOD I have another one.

HELP! :(
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Re: disk drive for /tmp is not ready

Postby passerby on Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:50 pm

Adding that line shouldn't have stopped you from booting.
Either way, boot into a live CD/DVD (whatever you used to install the OS), access the disk, then reverse the changes made.
While you're there, can you also paste the content of your fstab file? (before changing anything back) It sounds like you edited a different entry.
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Re: disk drive for /tmp is not ready

Postby marietta_greg on Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:55 pm

Whew! It was dumb bad luck that my GRUB got hosed at the same time I edited the fstab, but I've restored GRUB _AND_ I've gotten rid of that /tmp annoying message at boot -- thanks very much passerby! :D :D
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