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Re: Jessie early boot failure: "/sbin/init exists but couldn't execute it (error -8)" (initrd corrupt?)

On Sat 26 Jul 2014 at 20:32:32 +0200, Gregor Hoffleit wrote:

> Am 2014-07-26 17:10, schrieb Brian:
> >>I would appreciate any hints!
> >
> >A d-i image such as the netinst one has a rescue mode which could help
> >in any repairs to your machine.
> Thanks for the hint. I never realized how capable rescue mode is.
> But now I'm even more confused.
> Whatever I try, I alway end up with an early kernel panic "Kernel
> panic - not syncing: No working init found.".

I'm likely out of my depth here and do not know everything you have
tried. If 'init=/bin/bash' did not work for you there might be some
significance in it, but I do but understand what it is.

Anyway, you can get 'rescue mode' with d-i, so, if it were me I might

   apt-get --reinstall install systemd-sysv

after an 'apt-get update'. Or even

   apt-get install sysvinit-core

The latter may result in one or two little changes. :)

   apt-get --reinstall install linux-image-3.14-1-686-pae

wouldn't do any harm.

   dpkg-reconfigure linus-image-3.14-1-686-pae

should put the kernel and initrd in harmony.

The problem occuring with all your kernels generates a question mark.

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