The answer contains three incorrect paths, based on my understanding and limited experience and on another's comment. I'm not sure how extensive the implications of boot/ being present when it shouldn't be are, but I suspect it's potentially important as update-initramfs is subsequently used so I'm keen to see it corrected. In short, dev, sys and proc don't live in boot.

The reasons stated, by two reviewers, for the rejection seem (to me) to be unrelated to the nature, content and context of the suggested edit. I wasn't attempting to deface the post or promote anything, and an additional comment to the author wouldn't be likely to result in a correction as there's already a comment from a year-and-a-half ago pointing out the error.


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    I agree, the rejections are not relevant to the edit. People make mistakes sometimes, I guess. Only the reviewers can say why this happened, they are regulars, so I am sure they will read this. For now, just redo the edit and I think it will be approved.
    – Mark Kirby
    Nov 19, 2017 at 12:00
  • Okeydoke - thanks for the guidance. Edit re-suggested. Nov 19, 2017 at 12:08
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    It is successfully approved now. :)
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Nov 19, 2017 at 12:33

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In such situations, I recommend including a more specific explanation in the edit summary when resubmitting the edit. Also, in general, I recommend including specific explanations in edit summaries for code edits or any other edits that must be evaluated primarily on their technical merits. Although you referred to a comment on the post, that comment does not actually establish that the edit it advises is correct; it merely reports that the recommended change worked for someone.

The reason that edit suggestion of yours is correct is that /dev/mapper/sda5_crypt is the device that contains the root filesystem. Normally it is mounted as / but it is being mounted as /mnt/ubuntu in the live environment, apparently for the purpose of creating /mnt/ubuntu/etc/crypttab and running commands that depend on it. /mnt/ubuntu/etc/crypttab will be /etc/crypttab when booted (or chrooted) into the system. Therefore dev, sys, and proc must also be mounted under /mnt/ubuntu, not /mnt/ubuntu/boot.

Obviously you cannot include that entire paragraph in your edit summary--or, even if you could, it would perhaps not be the best idea. But you could say something like:

The root filesystem is mounted as /mnt/ubuntu (due to "mount /dev/mapper/sda5_crypt /mnt/ubuntu") so dev, sys, and proc must go directly in /mnt/ubuntu, *not* in /mnt/ubuntu/boot.

(Note that I have omitted code formatting in the above quote to show what an edit summary might look like. Edit summaries don't support code formatting. Normally you would of course use code formatting.)

You've already resubmitted the edit. Although you could re-edit and change something else trivial in the post in order to change your edit summary, I don't recommend doing so, because that would potentially make a situation that is already confusing even more confusing. Instead, we'll see if reviewers are able to convince themselves that your edit is really correct.

So far, as of this posting, one reviewer has rejected the new edit suggestion, and another reviewer (me) has approved it. It needs more reviews to determine its fate.

Update: As Byte Commander says, your resubmitted edit is approved.

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