I am trying to modify a kernel image before using it for qemu. I am trying to add a compiled binary to the image. I am using 64 bit Linux 14.02. What I am doing is,

linaro-media-create --image_file vexpress.img --dev vexpress --binary linaro-natty.tar.gz --hwpack hwpack_linaro.tar.gz
sudo mount -o loop,offset=$((106496*512)) -t auto vexpress.img /mnt
cd /mnt 
sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc 
sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev
sudo chroot . 
chroot: failed to run command ‘/bin/bash’: No such file or directory

I need to get past this error in order to scp files into the image. Kindly help.

  • The error says there is no /mnt/bin/bash. Maybe you are chrooting to the wrong directory (e.g. /mnt instead of /mnt/something). Post the output of ls /mnt. – user49740 Jun 27 '15 at 8:54
  • @user49740 output is bin etc lib media proc selinux tmp vmlinuz boot home lost+found mnt root srv usr dev initrd.img md5sum.txt opt sbin sys var – junaids Jun 27 '15 at 9:16
  • Looks decent. Post the output of ls /mnt/bin/*sh. Maybe you don't have bash but you do have another shell. – user49740 Jun 27 '15 at 9:18
  • @user49740 out put is, /mnt/bin/bash /mnt/bin/dash /mnt/bin/rbash /mnt/bin/sh – junaids Jun 27 '15 at 9:21
  • So bash exists. Maybe your chroot is i386 (32-bit)? Post the output of file /mnt/bin/bash. – user49740 Jun 27 '15 at 9:23

You are trying to run a 32-bit program (/mnt/bin/bash) on a 64-bit system.

To do this you should enable multiarch and install the libraries you need (such as libc6).

dpkg --add-architecture i386
apt-get update
apt-get install libc6:i386
  • thanks for the help so far. i have installed libc but the error persists. Same error. – junaids Jun 27 '15 at 9:36
  • Run ldd /mnt/bin/bash. You should install all libraries listed there. An easier way to do this is to apt-get install bash:i386. – user49740 Jun 27 '15 at 11:34
  • If the libraries are installed into the original / directory, won't they become inaccessible after the chroot? You would need to run the 32-bit bash before the chroot. An alternative approach is to boot a 32-bit Live CD and do the modifications from there. – AFH Jun 27 '15 at 13:03
  • That is right. I'm still wondering why the 32-bit bash won't run as long as the loader is installed (the chroot presumably contains the needed libraries). Running /mnt/bin/bash and trying to chroot from there sounds like a very good idea. – user49740 Jun 27 '15 at 16:42
  • @AFH i have tried this on 32 bit linux too. facing same error. followed all steps mentioned in this post. – junaids Jun 29 '15 at 6:44

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