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Using dos version of ghost 2003 to ghost and restore suse 10.2

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We use ghost 2003 at our school for working with windows.  I works very well.  We want to tesy suse 10.2 so we....    Install suse 10.2 get it set... boot from a flash drive in dos, map a drive to our novell server run ghost to take the image and all is well.  When I bring the image back down the cpu boots suse10.2 and then halts "no message login because /var file system is not accessable.  /var is ext3.  I might be bigger or smaller than the original system that I took the image on.  Any ideas?

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Ron
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Are you doing a full disk clone, or just a partition clone?

I don't know for sure, but if you are just doing a partition clone /etc/fstab and grub both use LABEL=x to identify partitions, rather than the actual partition like /dev/sda1.  It could be that the label's aren't coming back in the clone?

On the other hand, are the partition numbers the same when you clone the machine back?  For example if /var was /dev/sda3 on the original machine, is it still /dev/sda3 on the new machine, or could it have moved?  Maybe you are NOT using labels, and you could be to prevent this.

You could try booting from the suse boot cd in rescue mode and see if you can manually mount the partition that should hold /var.  It has to be something in /etc/fstab not pointing to the correct location (either partitions or labels have changed), or a corrupt file system.
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