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Re: mysterious offer of shell for 5 sec. at boot

Back in June, Dan Jacobson asked about the shell offered during boot of a
2.4.xx K 7 shell. (Mine is K6, but message and behavior is the same here.) 
I never saw a response for this, and while his message is archived, there
is no response archived. 

I would like to know what the shell is for? Does anyone know?  Lacking
that, can someone point me to a place I can find out?


On 22 Jun 2002, Dan Jacobson wrote:

> Date: 22 Jun 2002 04:59:21 +0800
> From: Dan Jacobson <jidanni@ms46.hinet.net>
> Reply-To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
> To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
> Subject: mysterious offer of shell for 5 sec. at boot
> Resent-Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 18:45:19 -0400
> Resent-From: debian-user@lists.debian.org
> During boot (2.4.18-k7) I see something about hit RET by 5 seconds for
> shell.  So I did and there's this shell that you can't do much more
> than "set" in.  After I typed exit the  kernel couldn't find root and
> I had to hit the reset button.
> So what is this "shell" for?  We are on the virtual disk phase still
> here I suppose.
> BTW, I notice that the first messages I see are tacked at the _bottom_
> of the dmesg report.
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