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Bug#544592: linux-image-2.6.30-1-686: sometimes failed to boot

On Tue, 2009-09-01 at 20:44 +0200, Davide Prina wrote:
> Package: linux-image-2.6.30-1-686
> Version: 2.6.30-6
> Severity: important

Are you actually using the above packaged kernel or a custom kernel?

> sometimes the boot fail: after grub I see: "Loading, please wait ...", 
> but the hard disk is not used.
> After a while busybox appear; here I can see that /proc/cmdline try to 
> start something in directory /dev/disk/by-id, but this directory don't 
> exists.
> Probably somethings crash of freeze and the boot fail.
> To solve the problem I have to reboot X times (X >= 0) with 
> Ctrl-Alt-Canc or AltGr-RSyst-b.
> I think this problem is related to the bug #543209. I don't have anymore 
> the disks remapped, but I cannot boot sometimes (I think that the 
> remapped problem is migrated into the boot fail problem).

The problem there appeared to be that your custom kernel included two
different drivers that both supported your disk controller.  In this
case the kernel effectively chooses one driver at random.  In packaged
kernel images we try to avoid this by avoiding such duplication or
blacklisting alternate drivers by default.


Ben Hutchings
If at first you don't succeed, you're doing about average.

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