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

On Sat, 2012-01-21 at 01:42 +0000, JOHN HUNTER wrote:
> 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.

There shouldn't be any 'usual gang of warnings'.  What did you see?

> Loading, please wait ...
> /init: /scripts/functions: line 394: syntax error: unexpected ")" (expected ";;"

This means something is wrong with the initramfs.  It could be a bug in
initramfs-tools but I suspect that lilo is trying to load the wrong disk

> How can I get back to the previous kernel suite?

Use the 'rescue mode' of the installer.  Start a shell in the installed
system.  Then install an older kernel package from the 'stable' suite,
the CD or the APT cache.

You may also be able to do that starting from the live CD.


Ben Hutchings
When in doubt, use brute force. - Ken Thompson

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