Re: upgrade->dead system, help.
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I am encountering this problem as well. I have been able to narrow it down to
the kernel itself. If I use a debian standard kernel (2.4.22 or 2.6.0-test9)
it boots fine. if I use a kernel I compiled myself (This kernel worked fine
before the upgrade) it just stops at the INIT: version 2.65 booting line.
I have tried building both initrd and non-initrd kernels but no joy. Could it
be a particular kernel option I have (or have not selected)
I hope this helps someone figure this issue out.
On Saturday 01 Nov 2003 11:54 am, wil wrote:
> Thanks for the tip but I wonder if it is the kernel, this kernel has been
> running stable for weeks...why would it suddenly crap out after an
> upgrade/install of some new/updated packages.
> A bit more on the 2.4.18, as i mentioned that one does go through
> the complete boot but it couldn't get to /var.
> Well, i forgot that the 2.4.18 i was running didn't have ext3 enabled
> so i changed the fstab ext3 entries to ext2 and that 2.4.18 kernel
> now boots fine....and my /var is still there...and as far as i can tell
> nothing went missing at all.
> (no clue as to why toms image didn't want to mount hda9 though)
> A previous 2.4.22 kernel doesn't boot either and stopped aswell
> right after INIT: version 2.85 booting.
> I will try a standard debian kernel later tonight but i expect that one
> won't go past init either..
> At 06:36 1-11-2003 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> >get a knoppix cdrom.
> >boot from it.
> >chroot to your hd partition and see if you can then download a good
> >kernel and reinstall it.
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > Sorry I have very little info on this...no logs or anything:(
> > >
> > > Running SID, with a custom 2.4.22 kernel, ext3 file system.
> > > HD was checked with the diagnostic utility from IBM, including
> > > surface (advanced) check and was fine.
> > >
> > > Did an update via dselect yesterday and after that the whole
> > > system has died. When i boot the process stops at
> > > INIT: version 2.85 booting
> > > followed by a blinking cursor.
> > >
> > > When i ran the upgrade the thing striking me as very odd was
> > > under "new packages to install" 'kernel-headers 2.5.x.x.' were
> > > mentioned.
> > > Not sure of the exact version anymore but it was 2.5 for sure.
> > > I think it was 2.5.99.
> > > I was kinda flabbergasted by that and saw no reason why those
> > > kernel headers should be installed...since i'm on 2.4.
> > > So i went back into the dselect selection 'mode' and set that
> > > kernel package to 'purge' so it wouldn't install.
> > > This gave me a load of 'xxxx depends on kernel-headers 2.5.x.x. ' like
> > > from gcc and so on.
> > > Struck me as utterly weird aswell cause my system never had anything
> > > 2.5.xxx kerlnel related stuff on it...anyways...thinking 'dpkg knows
> > > best' i let
> > > it have it's way and the package in question was installed.
> > > After getting the packages during install/configure something went
> > > wrong aswell but silly me didn't pay too much attention since this
> > > happens quite a lot with unstable and always gets resolved
> > > quickly...and never ended in something like i'm having now.
> > > Can't imagine the cause to be those kernel headers even if it's weird
> > > they were installed, but one of the 20 orso packages which got
> > > updated.
> > >
> > > An older 2.4.18 kernel does go thru the entire boot process but
> > > with may many errors mostly in the line of 'can't find /var/xxxxxxxxxx'
> > >
> > > After that i tried toms floppy linux to boot the system.
> > > mount /dev/hda9 results in just getting the'special device
> > > not found message'.
> > > And hda9 happens to be /var. fdisk shows hda9 as there and
> > > as ext3 but i think the complete filesystem went out da door on
> > > that partition.
> > > e2fsck gives me a 'the superbloack could not be read or does not....'
> > > etc..etc..etc.
> > >
> > > Any ideas on how to get out of this one?...and why this happened?
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