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Boot broken on an Oracle VPS with msg "Gave up waiting for root file system device" & empty fstab


I'm using a free-tier Oracle VPS running Ubuntu and it seems like booting no longer works. I don't have physical access to the machine so I can't really try out solutions that ask for a reboot while holding down some key.

Gave up waiting for root file system device. Common problems:
 - Boot args (cat /proc/cmdline)
  - Check rootdelay= (did the system wait long enough?)
 - Missing modules (cat /proc/modules; ls /dev)
ALERT! UUID=8ea5e871-d077-4bfc-9a3a-35f020798df1 does not exist. Dropping to a shell!

BusyBox v1.30.1 (Ubuntu 1:1.30.1-4ubuntu6.4) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.


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