Re: help for kernel panic
On 2009-08-22, Andrew Reid <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Friday 21 August 2009 18:11:27 Alan Greenberger wrote:
>> I have a system with Lenny installed from the KDE installer CD. It was
>> working fine for half a year. Powering it on after being off for two
>> weeks, it starts to load Lenny then dies with:
>> Failed to execute /init
>> can't open auto
>> Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
>> iA linux-image-2.6.26-1-686
>> Version 2.6.26-13
>> The md5sum of /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.26-1-686 is
> I think your checksum is OK, with a caveat -- it's the
> right checksum for the advertised 2.6.26-13 version of that
> package, which is distinct from 2.6.26-13lenny2, the latter
> being the most recent 2.6.26-1 kernel for Debian lenny, which
> in turn is not the most 2.6.26 kernel, there is a 2.6.26-2
> I checksummed it by pulling the file out of
> /var/cache/apt/archives, manually unpacking it in a working
> directory, and running md5sum on the resulting $DIR/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.26-1
> So, you're apparently behind on kernel updates, but your
> kernel does not seem to be corrupt.
> That would seem to narrow it down to a corrupt initramfs,
> or, as you already suggested, motherboard hardware issues.
> I don't have a huge amount of experience with this, but
> I did once have a similar issue -- I had a server that wouldn't
> fully boot, it would just hang, always in different places in
> the boot sequence. But, it could boot to single-user mode,
> and if you then started all the /etc/init.d services manually,
> it would run fine for months at a time.
> I never did figure that one out, I eventually got rid of
> the machine.
> -- A.
Thanks for confirming the md5sum and the suggestion. It also fails boot
to level 1. I used rescue to turn on /etc/default/bootlogd but nothing
gets logged to /var/log so I guess it doesn't get that far. I would
have liked to know where it fails, since it does boot rescue CDs. I am
giving up assuming it is the motherboard.