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    Default Existing root partition not found in Expert Partitioner in Leap 15.x

    Firstly, referring to the below bug report, I do not knowingly have SBM installed.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Photon2 View Post
    Bug #1097081 opened to track this.
    Normally I use 'zypper dup' to upgrade to a new release, which I did successfully with Leap 15.0 but after doing this for 15.1, the current kernel I was using (that worked) on 4.14.14 was removed from the grub menu, and the new (Leap 15) 4.12 kernel was added to the grub menu, along with the existing 4.15 kernels I had that didn't work.

    End result, trying to boot into 4.12, X keeps trying to start, which results in a flickering screen and a login prompt. At this point the keyboard input does not seem to work, i.e. Ctrl+Alt+Fx, Ctrl+Alt+Backspace or Ctrl+Alt+Del has no effect.

    If I try to use runlevel 3 or 1, I get a login prompt but still can't input anything. So I try an Update or Installation using both 15.0 and 15.1 ISOs on usb stick. On each I find that my root partition, which is EXT4, is not found.

    I've tried booting into rescue mode and doing a chroot into my root partition, then getting networking up, but it seems no dbus socket is created which causes wicked problems, so I guess that's another topic.

    My searches don't show any appropriate fix, so my question is: Is the undetected partition issue being looked at still? I have 4 partitions on my /dev/sdb hard drive, but none are recognized by the Expert Partitioner.

    I understand from what I've read that libparted is the problem, as fdisk finds the partitions no problem.

    Finally from the rescue command prompt in chroot, I can get to the login screen fine by typing 'sddm', but still no keyboard input or moving mouse pointer.

    Ideally I'd like to get each of these problems fixed, but after using Suse since 2004, I'm seriously considering trying a distro that will have Wayland and plasma 5 and be a bit more stable when updating to a new version.

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    Default Re: Existing root partition not found in Expert Partitioner in Leap 15.x

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyj001 View Post
    Firstly, referring to the below bug report, I do not knowingly have SBM installed.


    Normally I use 'zypper dup' to upgrade to a new release, which I did successfully with Leap 15.0 but after doing this for 15.1, t
    Leap 15.1 is still on the way to be developed (somewhere Beta, or not even that??). I am not sure that testing if a successfull upgrade in the way you did it was even done until now. Thus you can expect all sorts of problems.

    You are of course free to test 15.1 and report problems to the developers, but not many of the openSUSE users here will have any experience with it.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Existing root partition not found in Expert Partitioner in Leap 15.x

    Hi Henk,

    Thanks for your response. Yes I realize 15.1 is an Alpha version, but I was hoping the regression in the partitioner would have been fixed by now. That bug I quoted was opened back in June, so it's hard to believe no one else has come across the issue.

    I've spent the last week trying to sort this, and it's not the first time I've had issues with Suse upgrades, so as I need to get my workstation up and running again soon, I may change to another distro. I changed from Tumbleweed to Leap because I needed stability, but it's just not happening.

    Thanks for your input anyway.

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    Default Re: Existing root partition not found in Expert Partitioner in Leap 15.x

    When you need stabiliity, why do you even contemplate 15.1?
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Existing root partition not found in Expert Partitioner in Leap 15.x

    Honestly, I started out with upgrading to 15.0, then I saw a release for 15.1 but missed the Alpha part, my bad. I haven't really kept up with the releases as I always have to fix things on my setup when upgrading to a stable release. So I usually stay with my fixed setup for a good while.

    My problems with 15.0 ranged from issues with the plasma desktop, to problems with my dual Acer displays not showing properly or not getting the correct resolution, so I was hoping 15.1 would have fixed some of those issues. I should have read the release notes first. Again, my bad.

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    Default Re: Existing root partition not found in Expert Partitioner in Leap 15.x

    I found a temporary workaround for anyone with networking issues.

    1) Start an Update session using a 15.x ISO
    2) Abort the session which should bring you back to the text 'Start Installation' screen.
    3) Select 'Network setup' and choose dhcp on your wireless device (you may have to select 'Start Installation' first, just going by memory here.)
    4) Select 'Start Installation' and 'Rescue'
    5) from the prompt, chroot into your root partition, updates can then be installed from there.

    Currently I lose connectivity after some time, so I'm trying to find a way to get internet access again without going through this whole process again.

    Hope this helps someone.

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    Default Re: Existing root partition not found in Expert Partitioner in Leap 15.x

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyj001 View Post
    I found a temporary workaround for anyone with networking issues. 1) Start an Update session using a 15.x ISO 2) Abort the session which should bring you back to the text 'Start Installation' screen. 3) Select 'Network setup' and choose dhcp on your wireless device (you may have to select 'Start Installation' first, just going by memory here.) 4) Select 'Start Installation' and 'Rescue' 5) from the prompt, chroot into your root partition, updates can then be installed from there. Currently I lose connectivity after some time, so I'm trying to find a way to get internet access again without going through this whole process again. Hope this helps someone.
    I was able to do

    dhclient
    ifconfig wlan0 down
    ifconfig wlan0 up

    to restore internet connection.

    After doing zypper up (5000 package update), the zypper dup (3000 package upgrade), I was able to log in again from the login screen after a reboot.

    So the same issues I had before with fonts and screen resolutions are still there, but at least I'm in my system again now.

    I am therefore closing this thread, although the issue with the Expert Partitioner remains, and thus is not yet solved.

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    Default Re: Existing root partition not found in Expert Partitioner in Leap 15.x

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyj001 View Post
    I was hoping the regression in the partitioner would have been fixed by now. That bug I quoted was opened back in June, so it's hard to believe no one else has come across the issue.... the issue with the Expert Partitioner remains, and thus is not yet solved.
    https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1097081 was resolved as invalid, so don't expect it to ever get "fixed".

    So the same issues I had before with fonts and screen resolutions are still there
    Which issues are those? Where were they reported?
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    Default Re: Existing root partition not found in Expert Partitioner in Leap 15.x

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmazda View Post
    https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1097081 was resolved as invalid, so don't expect it to ever get "fixed".

    Which issues are those? Where were they reported?
    That bug AFAICT was related to SBM which I don't knowingly have as stated earlier, so I assumed I'd have to raise an issue for this.

    Currently my issues are with plasmashell and the Activity menu crashing, so clicking on any of the panel items does nothing. These things happened before the update. Now when I log in I have kdeinit5 errors for something that's crashing, but there is no indication of what that is. My System Load Viewer widget shows nothing at all.

    Usually I would be able to kill plasmashell when it freezes or disappears, but I'm unable to do that currently. So I don't know what's causing that, and it has been like that for a while, I just have not had the time to report or look into these issues. If they have been reported, I've just been too busy to check. Even getting to a terminal screen either works or doesn't, and I'm currently getting output to stdout making it difficult to enter username and password.

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    Default Re: Existing root partition not found in Expert Partitioner in Leap 15.x

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyj001 View Post
    Currently my issues are with plasmashell and the Activity menu crashing
    Then if searching for solutions to such trouble produce no fruit, describe that trouble in a thread that contributors who wish to avoid non-KDE/Plasma subjects like partition* are likely to see. IOW, if you need help with Plasma, the thread subject should include the string Plasma and/or KDE.
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