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Bug#420809: Bug: Installation-reports: init placed in /sbin/init but Grub looks for it as /init

On Tue, Apr 24, 2007 at 01:46:57PM -0700, David Warman wrote:
> Am I supposed to respond directly to you or should I redirect this to  
> a more formal address?

The bug address (420809@bugs.debian.org) is the right place to send replies;
cc:ing now.

> Sorry, not assuming buggy crap. Debian is anything but. Only assuming  
> that if I was not given the option to place init that it would be  
> taken care of. That it wasn't  taken care of I consider a single bug,  
> and it surprised me too. Would have stumped me if I didn't have some  
> knowledge of what I am doing, and almost did.

Well, grub certainly doesn't need you to manually specify the path to init
in the general case.  Did you add this boot option in /addition/ to the
defaults, or /replacing/ them?  If you replaced the default options, that
at least suggests where to continue looking for the problem.

> Boot method: CD (downloaded the latest stable CD .iso)
> Image version: http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/4.0_r0/i386/bt-cd/ 
> debian-40r0-i386-CD-1.iso.torrent
> Date: 4/23/07 5:30pm

> Machine: Intel PC server chassis,
> Processor: PIII
> Memory:  2GB RAM, 80GB IDE HD
> Partitions: accepted the default option presented during  
> installation, i.e. use entire disk, about 2.5Gb for swap. I did not  
> make any changes to this.

> i.e. a basic standard oldish system, perhaps a little higher in  
> capacity but no special devices. Not even sound. Just new enough to  
> have two USB 1 ports.

> Output of lspci -nn and lspci -vnn:  don't have the machine set up  
> yet to where I can share the results back to my Mac, however I do not  
> think the Broadcom CNB20LE bridge or ATI Rage XL or the two Intel  
> 82557 Ethernet controllers etc would have affected where init was  
> placed.

Not that the lspci output matters much in this case, but this is almost
certainly not a problem with where init was placed.

> Base System Installation Checklist:
> [O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
> Initial boot:           [ O]
> Detect network card:    [ O ]
> Configure network:      [ O]
> Detect CD:              [ O]
> Load installer modules: [O ]
> Detect hard drives:     [ O]
> Partition hard drives:  [ O]
> Install base system:    [ O but ignored video resolution selection]
> Clock/timezone setup:   [O]
> User/password setup:    [ O but not in sudoers ]
> Install tasks:          [ O]
> Install boot loader:    [ O ]
> Overall install:        [ O- ]
> Comments/Problems:
> Took everything at default settings.
> Installer placed init in /sbin/init, kernel looked for it as /init,  
> couldn't find it, and panic'ed on reboot.

What is the output leading up to this error message, when booting without an
init= option?

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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