Issue installing Alpine Linux on a VPS

Hello all,

i have several VPS with VirMach since years, all running Alpine Linux i've installed from netboot.xyz (network install). They are all running smooth since a while but there is one i've never been able to install. It's been a while, as i was "well just let it on the side for now eventually VirMach may have an issue they will fix" but after months i'm not able to install my server. I'm pretty sure anyway there is a workaround without involving my provider so i wanted to ask the community here first.

This VPS is able to run with they're premade setup (i've tried Ubuntu, works).
Again i already have several VPS with the same provider, all on Alpine Linux, same setup used. The difference between them is the node where they are hosted, as i often jump on new discounts they have (this one is a BF-2021 special, i have 4 VPS from this offer, 3 are working with Alpine).

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Thank you so much for sharing your time helping to debug :).

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  • edited May 10

    Why with alpine persistency archive layer i sometimes randomly get corrupted archive when i save changes, on a Raspberry Pi 2?
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    PS: This is why i left alpine and went on with readonly raspbian root filesystem instead.

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  • edited May 10

    I'd start with a boot into rescue, then manually run fdisk on /dev/vda, wiping out the partition table. Try installing Alpine again.
    Alpine appears to have an issue re-partitioning your current layout.

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  • JabJab
    edited May 10

    /dev/vda3 contains ext4 last mounted April 17, while the installer says that it just deleted/wiped it. DO NOT COMPUTE.

    I would assume installer is broken and can't handle the 3 partition you already have there (from previous system?) and it never creates them / removes, just shits itself without any decent error handling.

    Use the rescue mode and nuke all 3 partitions (aka format drive) or just throw different image earlier - something that will change the partitions structure/number and re-try with alpine.

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  • @Jab said: nuke all 3 partitions (aka format drive)

    Not the same thing.:p

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  • edited May 12

    @AlwaysSkint said: 'd start with a boot into rescue, then manually run fdisk on /dev/vda, wiping out the partition table. Try installing Alpine again.
    Alpine appears to have an issue re-partitioning your current layout.

    Thank you for the feedback. It helped to install the server and i can use it now ^^. That was still so basic! I'm surprised that was enough to block the setup process. After wiping disk from rescue the server had issue to setup the network properly, but i've continued anyway and will deal with it directly on the fresh install.

    Thanks all for your help, really appreciate it :).

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  • edited May 12

    ^ Sometimes, the simplest of things can screw us over and are easily missed. ;)
    I recalled, many moons ago, where a Windoze reboot somehow remembered a previous fdisk wipe. That confused me! Straining to remember properly but something to do with the 1st 20 bytes of data on a disc.
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  • @AlwaysSkint said:
    (Is pleased that someone with a week into cardiac rehab can still offer something useful.)

    Always onwards and upwards. Stick at it.
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