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I stopped my EC2 Ubuntu (can't remember if it's 14.04 or 16.04) instance and now I can't access it.

These are the last couple lines of the system log.

Begin: Loading essential drivers ... done.
Begin: Running /scripts/init-premount ... done.
Begin: Mounting root file system ... Begin: Running /scripts/local-top ... done.
Begin: Running /scripts/local-premount ... done.
Warning: fsck not present, so skipping root file system
[    9.413433] EXT4-fs (xvda1): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode. Opts: (null)
done.
Begin: Running /scripts/local-bottom ... done.
Begin: Running /scripts/init-bottom ... Warning: overlayroot: debug is busted
done.
run-init: /sbin/init: No such file or directory
Target filesystem doesn't have requested /sbin/init.
run-init: /sbin/init: No such file or directory
run-init: /etc/init: Permission denied
run-init: /bin/init: No such file or directory
/bin/sh: 0: can't access tty; job control turned off
# [   37.220041] random: nonblocking pool is initialized

I mounted my volume into another instance and checked, and /sbin/init is really not there.

In the new instance I launched, /sbin/init is a link to /lib/systemd/systemd. In the old volume, /lib/systemd/systemd apparently does not exist.

I also tried running fsck in the old volume and it didn't work.

Any clues?

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    Something appears to have gone very wrong with your instance. You might have to just recover what data you can, and move on. – Michael Hampton May 23 at 3:08

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