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Re: Kernel panic 2.6.8-9, unable to boot at all

On Sat, Oct 30, 2004 at 02:18:09PM +0300, Basri Kanca wrote:
> I am in very deep and hot waters...

You can try my DFS CD from http://people.debian.org/~jgoerzen/dfs.

It contains a kernel that does not* require initrd to boot, and as an
added bonus, has most of the critical drivers for your initial boot
compiled statically.  Make sure to use one of the amd64 kernels if you
have an amd64 userland.

You should be able to mount your existing filesystems, then chroot
into your system to repair it.  There are also instructions on the CD
for installing one of the kernels included on it to your live system.

As a general rule, I never use the initrd kernels for just some of
these reasons.  It's too error-prone.  Once you have your machine
installed, you can build your own kernel, and then the whole need for
the initrd kernels goes away.  (Yes, they're useful if you have to
have a "generic" kernel, but as far as I'm concerned, that's where the
usefulness ends.)

[*] In the usual sense.  The DFS CD does use an initrd to mount the CD
and do a little housekeeping, but it doesn't use it for drivers, and
when installed on your system, doesn't need an initrd at all.

-- John

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