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Re: kernel panic

Jacques B. wrote:
On 9/6/07, Andy Green <andy warmcat com> wrote:
Somebody in the thread at some point said:

The title of this thread - "kernel panic" - tells me that it was not
booting to the kernel (stage 2 boot loader).  So either grub was wrong
(looking at the wrong drive/partition because the settings were from
No if I understood it, it was booting the kernel fine.  After it ran out
of initrd though, it was unable to find the actual root filesystem
partition.  Under those circumstances it does say:

Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!

so "panic" was the right phrase here, even though it makes one think of
something quite different.

Thanks Andy.

I found this on Wikipedia:
where it has the kernel panic you mention.  So am I to understand that
the first two lines in grub.conf will have completed properly (root
..., and kernel ...) and it's only the initrd where the failure occurs
(and only when trying to swap the kernel in RAM for the one on the
hard drive)?

At this point it's for my own trouble shooting knowledge and
understanding of the boot process that I ask this seeing Karl has
resolved that portion of his problem.


Jacques B.

Yes you have it Jacques, Grub was perfect and the kernel booted fine. But next the kernel read the initrd /boot/initrd- it got data from my old computer which was not accurate for this computer and errored out with a kernel panic. It was the right error because the kernel could not find the right partition :-)

The best way to overcome this error is to use the F7 DVD and Upgrade your copy. It loads the old kernel with a proper initrd file.


	Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
	Linux User
	#450462   http://counter.li.org.

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