ext4 filesystem "needs journal recovery"

Posted May 11, 2021 500 views
Linux BasicsUbuntu 18.04

I have errors from grub-emu:

error: sparse file not allowed.
error: no such device: 21b294f1-25bd-4265-9c4e-d6e4aeb57e97.
error: can't find command `linux'.
error: can't find command `initrd'.

If I run file -s /dev/sda, I see:

/dev/sda: Linux rev 1.0 ext4 filesystem data, UUID=6e1fd477-4aec-4323-83b8-55c419ce471f (needs journal recovery) (extents) (64bit) (large files) (huge files)

This is very worrying because I can’t reboot the machine, what can I do?

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I solved this grub / btrfs issue with GRUB_DEFAULT=“1” to boot the 2nd kernel in the GRUB menu