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Bug#354458: Kernel panic after upgrading initramfs-tools


I got the same problem again, and it seems it has been caused by yet
another update of initramfs-tools, as there's a 0.53c version in my

The problem  is that this time I don't have the other kernel image to
boot. So, I'm writing this from a boot from an old Knoppix cd... My
system has become unbootable!

The error is (including typos):
RAMDISK: couldn't find a valid RAM disk image starting at 0
VFS: Cannot open root device "306" or unknown-block at (3,6)
PLease append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(3,6)

I tried to chroot to the disk, but running
update-initramfs -t -u -k 2.6.15-1-k7
updates the initrd.img, but doesn't fix the problem.

Also dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-* doesn't help, I get this error:
# dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-2.6.15-1-k7
sh: /dev/null: Permission denied
sh: /dev/null: Permission denied
Running depmod.
Finding valid ramdisk creators.
sh: /dev/null: Permission denied
sh: /dev/null: Permission denied
Failed to find suitable ramdisk generation tool for kernel version
2.6.15-1-k7 on running kernel 2.4.20-xfs in mkinitramfs-kpkg mkinitrd.yaird

Both initramfs-tools and yaird are installed of course.

I will now try to burn a Knoppix cd with a 2.6 kernel, to see if that
improves things. Can you please do something about this problem (which
causes the kernel panics)? It's quite annoying!


PLease e-mail me to this address if you have any other advice.


PS: http://manuel.msxnet.org/

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