/etc/inittab went away && wlan has weird device name

Julian C. Dunn julian.dunn at devlin.ca
Wed Mar 15 18:51:53 UTC 2006

On Wed, 2006-03-15 at 13:38 -0500, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> Julian C. Dunn (julian.dunn at devlin.ca) said: 
> > I just did a yum update, updating to initscripts 8.31.1-1 (among other
> > things like a new kernel). When I rebooted, init complained that inittab
> > was missing, so I rebooted into rescue mode and found that there was
> > an /etc/inittab.rpmsave but no /etc/inittab. Has anyone else had this
> > problem?
> I cannot reproduce this here. Moreover, I cannot see *how* this could
> happen.
> /etc/inittab is marked %config(noreplace) in both the old and new packages.
> In the rpm handling code, this should *never* end up with: old file -> rpmsave,
> no new file.

Hmm. I looked into this further and it looks like somehow the yum update
*removed* the old initscripts, which would explain the behaviour... see
the excerpt from my /var/log/yum.log:

Mar 15 09:01:49 Erased: initscripts
Mar 15 09:01:53 Updated: valgrind.i386 1:3.1.0-2
Mar 15 09:02:23 Installed: kernel-devel.i686 2.6.15-1.2054_FC5
Mar 15 09:02:24 Updated: grub.i386 0.97-5
Mar 15 09:02:26 Updated: initscripts.i386 8.31.1-1

I have no idea why it would do this.

> > Also, I'm using a Thinkpad T42 (2378RAU) and the wireless card shows up
> > as a weird device after boot:
> > 
> > dev8569   Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0E:35:FC:39:23
> > 
> > Does anyone know why?
> You have a wired ethernet that is configured to be eth0, and your wireless
> module was loaded first, so it was moved out of the way.

Okay - is that expected behaviour? (I'm currently running without
wireless configured, but I'm not suppressing the load of the kernel
module or anything like that)

- Julian

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