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Re: Dropping to a shell

On Wednesday 15 March 2006 15:15, William Humphrey wrote:
> I am using the latest official testing version of  debian (kernel
> 2.6.15) on a DL580 G3 with Quad Procs. I used the netinst image. Once I
> installed the program, I have the problem to where is keep dropping to a
> shell and will not boot. It say that it cannot find my hard drive
> partition which is /dev/cciss/c0d01. And on top of that, it does not
> create an /etc/fstab for me to mount it. I have tried creating a fstab
> myself, but once I reboot, it goes away. Has anyone had this problem? If
> so please help!

Waiting 20 seconds and ctl-d'ing out of the shell works here.

When mine does that "drop into a shell" trick, I just let it sit for 10 or 15 
seconds. The boot process prints on the screen that it's created the relevant 
drive in /dev. And a couple seconds after that, 'ls /dev/sd*' shows the 
partitions. And ctl-d climbs out of the shell, and the boot process finishes.

What you describe is happening here on 2 machines: a dual Opteron Sun running 
smp etch in 32 bit mode and a single P4 homebrew running sid. Both of them 
have a SCSI boot drive and a SATA to store big stuff on. (The servers running 
sarge are fine.)

The 2.6.15 kernel and/or the current udev and/or something else I don't know 
about are/is bent pretty badly. SATA drives are not SCSI drives. If the 
developers want to run them through the SCSI driver, that's fine. But they 
could at least call them sdA... so things wouldn't get confused. 

And whoever's doing that reordering should be put up against the wall. Or at 
least the installer should be told about the reordering algorithm.

Glenn English

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