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    Default Failed to start arbitrary executable file formats

    Suddenly my portable opensuse boots with this error. I don't remember clearly if I did an update before having this problem though.

    When I boot to log in screen

    1. the resolution is out of scale like no video driver installed
    2. I can log in but then network doesn't work either

    So I looked up /var/log/boot.log, there's this error message at the very beginning

    Code:
    Failed to start Arbitrary Executable File formats file system automount point
    And the error asked me to check proc-sys-fs-binfmt_misc.automount,

    Code:
    proc-sys-fs-binfmt_misc.automount -> '/org/freedesktop/systemd1/unit/proc_2dsys_2dfs_2dbinfmt_5fmisc_2eautomount'proc-sys-fs-binfmt_misc.automount - Arbitrary Executable File Formats File System Automount Point
       Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/proc-sys-fs-binfmt_misc.automount; static)
       Active: failed (Result: resources)
        Where: /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc
         Docs: https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/binfmt_misc.txt
               http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/APIFileSystems

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    Default Re: Failed to start arbitrary executable file formats

    On 2014-02-18 11:16, bonedriven wrote:
    > Suddenly my portable opensuse


    Version?

    actual repo list? (zypper lr --details)

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    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" (Minas Tirith))

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    Default Re: Failed to start arbitrary executable file formats

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2014-02-18 11:16, bonedriven wrote:
    > Suddenly my portable opensuse


    Version?

    actual repo list? (zypper lr --details)

    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.

    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" (Minas Tirith))
    Opensuse 13.1 64bit KDE

    Code:
    #  | Alias                              | Name                               | Enabled | Refresh---+------------------------------------+------------------------------------+---------+--------
     1 | Mono:Community                     | Mono:Community                     | No      | Yes    
     2 | download.nvidia.com-opensuse       | nVidia Graphics Drivers            | No      | No     
     3 | download.opensuse.org-13.1-non-oss | Update Repository (Non-Oss)        | No      | Yes    
     4 | download.opensuse.org-mozilla      | openSUSE BuildService - Mozilla    | Yes     | Yes    
     5 | download.opensuse.org-non-oss      | Main Repository (NON-OSS)          | Yes     | Yes    
     6 | download.opensuse.org-oss          | Main Repository (OSS)              | Yes     | Yes    
     7 | download.opensuse.org-oss_1        | Main Repository (Sources)          | Yes     | No     
     8 | download.opensuse.org-update       | Main Update Repository             | Yes     | Yes    
     9 | ftp.gwdg.de-suse                   | Packman Repository                 | Yes     | Yes    
    10 | games                              | games                              | No      | No     
    11 | google-chrome                      | google-chrome                      | No      | Yes    
    12 | libdvdcss                          | DVD Repository                     | No      | No     
    13 | libdvdcss repository               | libdvdcss repository               | No      | No     
    14 | openSUSE_13.1_ZH                   | openSUSE 13.1 ZH                   | No      | Yes    
    15 | repo-debug                         | openSUSE-13.1-Debug                | No      | Yes    
    16 | repo-debug-update                  | openSUSE-13.1-Update-Debug         | No      | Yes    
    17 | repo-debug-update-non-oss          | openSUSE-13.1-Update-Debug-Non-Oss | No      | Yes    
    18 | repo-non-oss                       | openSUSE-13.1-Non-Oss              | No      | Yes    
    19 | repo-oss                           | openSUSE-13.1-Oss                  | Yes     | Yes    
    20 | repo-source                        | openSUSE-13.1-Source               | No      | Yes    
    21 | repo-update                        | openSUSE-13.1-Update               | Yes     | Yes    
    22 | repo-update-non-oss                | openSUSE-13.1-Update-Non-Oss       | Yes     | Yes
    Sorry, I didn't do lr with "--details". Hope it's ok?

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    Default Re: Failed to start arbitrary executable file formats

    Which kernel are you using?
    Code:
    uname -a
    What kernel packages do you have installed?
    Code:
    rpm -qa | grep kernel
    Does /proc/sys/ exist?
    Code:
    ls -la /proc/sys

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    Default Re: Failed to start arbitrary executable file formats

    On 2014-02-18 14:36, bonedriven wrote:

    > Sorry, I didn't do lr with "--details". Hope it's ok?


    Nope :-)

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    Carlos E. R.

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    Default Re: Failed to start arbitrary executable file formats

    Code:
     zypper lr --details
     1 | Mono:Community                     | Mono:Community                     | No      | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Mono:/Community/openSUSE_Factory/ |         2 | download.nvidia.com-opensuse       | nVidia Graphics Drivers            | No      | No      |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.nvidia.com/opensuse/13.1/                                   |        
     3 | download.opensuse.org-13.1-non-oss | Update Repository (Non-Oss)        | No      | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/13.1-non-oss/                           |        
     4 | download.opensuse.org-mozilla      | openSUSE BuildService - Mozilla    | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_13.1/            |        
     5 | download.opensuse.org-non-oss      | Main Repository (NON-OSS)          | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/13.1/repo/non-oss/                |        
     6 | download.opensuse.org-oss          | Main Repository (OSS)              | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/13.1/repo/oss/                    |        
     7 | download.opensuse.org-oss_1        | Main Repository (Sources)          | Yes     | No      |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/source/distribution/13.1/repo/oss/             |        
     8 | download.opensuse.org-update       | Main Update Repository             | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/13.1/                                   |        
     9 | ftp.gwdg.de-suse                   | Packman Repository                 | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/packman/suse/openSUSE_13.1/                    |        
    10 | games                              | games                              | No      | No      |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/games/openSUSE_13.1/              |        
    11 | google-chrome                      | google-chrome                      | No      | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64                         |        
    12 | libdvdcss                          | DVD Repository                     | No      | No      |   99     | rpm-md | http://opensuse-guide.org/repo/13.1/                                        |        
    13 | libdvdcss repository               | libdvdcss repository               | No      | No      |   99     | rpm-md | http://opensuse-guide.org/repo/13.1/                                        |        
    14 | openSUSE_13.1_ZH                   | openSUSE 13.1 ZH                   | No      | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/opensuse_zh/openSUSE_13.1/  |        
    15 | repo-debug                         | openSUSE-13.1-Debug                | No      | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/distribution/13.1/repo/oss/              |        
    16 | repo-debug-update                  | openSUSE-13.1-Update-Debug         | No      | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/update/13.1/                             |        
    17 | repo-debug-update-non-oss          | openSUSE-13.1-Update-Debug-Non-Oss | No      | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/update/13.1-non-oss/                     |        
    18 | repo-non-oss                       | openSUSE-13.1-Non-Oss              | No      | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/13.1/repo/non-oss/                |        
    19 | repo-oss                           | openSUSE-13.1-Oss                  | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/13.1/repo/oss/                    |        
    20 | repo-source                        | openSUSE-13.1-Source               | No      | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/source/distribution/13.1/repo/oss/             |        
    21 | repo-update                        | openSUSE-13.1-Update               | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/13.1/                                   |        
    22 | repo-update-non-oss                | openSUSE-13.1-Update-Non-Oss       | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/13.1-non-oss/                           |
    Code:
    uname -a
    Linux PortSu 3.11.10-7-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Feb 3 09:41:24 UTC 2014 (750023e) x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    Code:
    rpm -qa | grep kernel
    kernel-desktop-3.7.10-1.16.1.x86_64
    kernel-firmware-20130714git-2.5.1.noarch
    kernel-desktop-3.11.6-4.1.x86_64
    kernel-desktop-base-3.11.10-7.1.x86_64
    Code:
    ls -la /proc/sys
    total 0
    dr-xr-xr-x   1 root root 0 Feb 18 17:05 .
    dr-xr-xr-x 249 root root 0 Feb 18  2014 ..
    dr-xr-xr-x   1 root root 0 Feb 18 17:14 abi
    dr-xr-xr-x   1 root root 0 Feb 18 17:14 debug
    dr-xr-xr-x   1 root root 0 Feb 18 17:05 dev
    dr-xr-xr-x   1 root root 0 Feb 18 17:05 fs
    dr-xr-xr-x   1 root root 0 Feb 18 17:05 kernel
    dr-xr-xr-x   1 root root 0 Feb 18 17:05 net
    dr-xr-xr-x   1 root root 0 Feb 18 17:05 vm
    Thank you. I just tried that I can boot normally with older kernel version 3.7

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    Default Re: Failed to start arbitrary executable file formats

    On 2014-02-18 17:56, bonedriven wrote:
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > zypper lr --details
    > 1 | Mono:Community | Mono:Community | No | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...nSUSE_Factory/ | 2 | download.nvidia.com-opensuse | nVidia Graphics Drivers | No | No | 99 | rpm-md | http://download.nvidia.com/opensuse/13.1/ |
    > 3 | download.opensuse.org-13.1-non-oss | Update Repository (Non-Oss) | No | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/13.1-non-oss/ |
    > 4 | download.opensuse.org-mozilla | openSUSE BuildService - Mozilla | Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...openSUSE_13.1/ |
    > 5 | download.opensuse.org-non-oss | Main Repository (NON-OSS) | Yes | Yes | 99 | yast2 | http://download.opensuse.org/distrib.../repo/non-oss/ |
    > 6 | download.opensuse.org-oss | Main Repository (OSS) | Yes | Yes | 99 | yast2 | http://download.opensuse.org/distrib...13.1/repo/oss/ |
    > 7 | download.opensuse.org-oss_1 | Main Repository (Sources) | Yes | No | 99 | yast2 | http://download.opensuse.org/source/...13.1/repo/oss/ |
    > 8 | download.opensuse.org-update | Main Update Repository | Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/13.1/ |
    > 9 | ftp.gwdg.de-suse | Packman Repository | Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/packman...openSUSE_13.1/ |
    > 10 | games | games | No | No | 99 | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...openSUSE_13.1/ |
    > 11 | google-chrome | google-chrome | No | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64 |
    > 12 | libdvdcss | DVD Repository | No | No | 99 | rpm-md | http://opensuse-guide.org/repo/13.1/ |
    > 13 | libdvdcss repository | libdvdcss repository | No | No | 99 | rpm-md | http://opensuse-guide.org/repo/13.1/ |
    > 14 | openSUSE_13.1_ZH | openSUSE 13.1 ZH | No | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...openSUSE_13.1/ |
    > 15 | repo-debug | openSUSE-13.1-Debug | No | Yes | 99 | NONE | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/d...13.1/repo/oss/ |
    > 16 | repo-debug-update | openSUSE-13.1-Update-Debug | No | Yes | 99 | NONE | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/update/13.1/ |
    > 17 | repo-debug-update-non-oss | openSUSE-13.1-Update-Debug-Non-Oss | No | Yes | 99 | NONE | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/update/13.1-non-oss/ |
    > 18 | repo-non-oss | openSUSE-13.1-Non-Oss | No | Yes | 99 | yast2 | http://download.opensuse.org/distrib.../repo/non-oss/ |
    > 19 | repo-oss | openSUSE-13.1-Oss | Yes | Yes | 99 | yast2 | http://download.opensuse.org/distrib...13.1/repo/oss/ |
    > 20 | repo-source | openSUSE-13.1-Source | No | Yes | 99 | NONE | http://download.opensuse.org/source/...13.1/repo/oss/ |
    > 21 | repo-update | openSUSE-13.1-Update | Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/13.1/ |
    > 22 | repo-update-non-oss | openSUSE-13.1-Update-Non-Oss | Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/13.1-non-oss/ |
    > --------------------


    Well... The "Mono:Community" repo there is for factory. You have to
    change the URL to the one for 13.1. Then you have to locate every
    package installed from that repo and replace with correct version.

    Then you have several repeated repos. Number 3 to 8 are duplicates of 15
    to 22 (compare the URLs, not the names). So purge out all the duplicates.

    12 and 13 are duplicates. Purge one.

    It does not mean that this is the source of your current problem, but it
    can indeed cause problems.


    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > rpm -qa | grep kernel
    > kernel-desktop-3.7.10-1.16.1.x86_64
    > kernel-firmware-20130714git-2.5.1.noarch
    > kernel-desktop-3.11.6-4.1.x86_64
    > kernel-desktop-base-3.11.10-7.1.x86_64
    > --------------------


    ....


    > Thank you. I just tried that I can boot normally with older kernel
    > version 3.7


    Where does that comes from? Did you do a system upgrade? Ie, upgrade
    from one openSUSE release to another one?


    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.

    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" (Minas Tirith))

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    Default Re: Failed to start arbitrary executable file formats

    Quote Originally Posted by bonedriven View Post
    Code:
    uname -a
    Linux PortSu 3.11.10-7-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Feb 3 09:41:24 UTC 2014 (750023e) x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    Code:
    rpm -qa | grep kernel
    kernel-desktop-3.7.10-1.16.1.x86_64
    kernel-firmware-20130714git-2.5.1.noarch
    kernel-desktop-3.11.6-4.1.x86_64
    kernel-desktop-base-3.11.10-7.1.x86_64
    You are running kernel-desktop-base, which is a minimal kernel for embedded systems with most modules missing.
    That's most likely the reason for you problem.

    Uninstall this with YaST or zypper:
    Code:
    sudo zypper rm kernel-desktop-base
    and boot to the 3.11.6 kernel, it should work there.

    Then you might want to update kernel-desktop-3.11.10 (NOT kernel-desktop-base) manually, again either with YaST or:
    Code:
    sudo zypper in kernel-desktop-3.11.10
    Apper/YaST->Online Update should install that one as well though. I'm not sure why you got kernel-base instead...

    If you get any dependency conflicts when doing the above, please post them. Maybe that would give an explanation.
    Last edited by wolfi323; 18-Feb-2014 at 11:29.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    You are running kernel-desktop-base, which is a minimal kernel for embedded systems with most modules missing.
    That's most likely the reason for you problem.

    Uninstall this with YaST or zypper:
    Code:
    sudo zypper rm kernel-desktop-base
    and boot to the 3.11.6 kernel, it should work there.

    Then you might want to update kernel-desktop-3.11.10 (NOT kernel-desktop-base) manually, again either with YaST or:
    Code:
    sudo zypper in kernel-desktop-3.11.10
    Apper/YaST->Online Update should install that one as well though. I'm not sure why you got kernel-base instead...

    If you get any dependency conflicts when doing the above, please post them. Maybe that would give an explanation.
    Hi wolfi323, you are absolutely right ! I followed all your instructions now it's all back to work! I didn't see any conflict popping up.
    It's really strange to me too as I don't touch those kernel thing so I don't know how the kernel-base got installed. Recently I only did one thing big to openSuse that is to uninstall vmware-tool package which gave me an error during start up.

    Thank you very much.
    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post

    Well... The "Mono:Community" repo there is for factory. You have to
    change the URL to the one for 13.1. Then you have to locate every
    package installed from that repo and replace with correct version.

    Then you have several repeated repos. Number 3 to 8 are duplicates of 15
    to 22 (compare the URLs, not the names). So purge out all the duplicates.

    12 and 13 are duplicates. Purge one.

    It does not mean that this is the source of your current problem, but it
    can indeed cause problems.


    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > rpm -qa | grep kernel
    > kernel-desktop-3.7.10-1.16.1.x86_64
    > kernel-firmware-20130714git-2.5.1.noarch
    > kernel-desktop-3.11.6-4.1.x86_64
    > kernel-desktop-base-3.11.10-7.1.x86_64
    > --------------------


    ....


    > Thank you. I just tried that I can boot normally with older kernel
    > version 3.7


    Where does that comes from? Did you do a system upgrade? Ie, upgrade
    from one openSUSE release to another one?


    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.

    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" (Minas Tirith))
    Hello robin_listas, I will purge the redundant repos. Thank you ! Yes, I upgraded from 12.3. So far so good, I cleared the .kde configurations though.

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    Default Re: Failed to start arbitrary executable file formats

    On 2014-02-19 09:56, bonedriven wrote:

    > Hello robin_listas, I will purge the redundant repos. Thank you ! Yes, I
    > upgraded from 12.3. So far so good, I cleared the .kde configurations
    > though.


    Which method? Via zypper dup, or via boot dvd, choose upgrade?
    If the second case, you may have still some old packages lying around.

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    Carlos E. R.

    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" (Minas Tirith))

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