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Bug#656695: linux-image-2.6.32-5-686-bigmem

Package: linux-image-2.6.32-5-686-bigmem

Severity: serious [ the system will not boot ]

Symptoms: boot fails almost immediately.

Using synaptic, the kernel was upgraded. I ran `lilo' with the usual gang of warnings.
I then rebooted, straight into the crash.

 .. .. ..
[1.61...] initialising network drop monitoe service
[1.63...] Freeing unused kernel memory: 296k freed
[1.66...] Write protecting the kernel text: 2576k
[1.68...] Write protecting the kernel read-only data: 944k
Loading, please wait ...
/init: /scripts/functions: line 394: syntax error: unexpected ")" (expected ";;")
[1.76...] Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
[1.78...] Pid: 1, comm: init Not tainted 2.6.32-5-686-bigmem #1
[1.80...] Call Trace:
[1.80...] [<c127e452>] ? panic+0x38/0x36
_  {end of output}

ignores <ctrl-alt-del>


Hardware description:
HP G72 laptop, Intel  i3 M350 (2.266GHz), 4GB ram, 500GB disk
sda1: 203MB NTFS boot
sda2: 70GB NTFS
sda3: 17GB NTFS
sda4: extended
sda5: 117MB FAT32
sda6: 8GB swap
sda7: 31GB  /
sda8: 73GB /home
sda9: 287GB /archive

normally runs KDE with 12 desktops

Since the system cannot run, more detailed info is very difficult to supply.
I am presently using my "standby" desktop using the previous version of
Debian with a 2.6.28-2-686 kernel. I can run the laptop using a live CD;
the laptop disc is still readable and can be accessed from the live CD system.

I will try to supply you with any further info that you may require.
How can I get back to the previous kernel suite?

John Hunter

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