Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 187096
Computer not bootable after install
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:28 EST
Description of problem:
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
3. Watch initrd blow up
initrd fails to find /proc /sys or root devices using standard kernel with FC5.
Situation gets a little better if I jump up to a 2.6.16 kernel and down grade
the initrd to use mkinitrd rpm from FC4. No longer complains about not being
able to find /proc or /sys, but still cannot finish boot process due to invalid
argument during switchroot.
expected to complete initrd as it did in FC4
I have tried to debug this. I have taken out the initrd (fails to boot due to
not being able to find a console). I have tried to look into the initrd during
rescue mode. I have downgraded mkinitrd to the FC4 mkinitrd. I have compared
the initrd to my FC5 i386 laptop, and they use the same semantics (no different
If I use the FC5 based kernel and initrd, I get the following (forgive the
... Device drivers are loading... Lots of SCSI cards and stuff going on here.
... All of this seems ok
Mounting root filesystem.
EXT3-fs: INFO: recovery required on readonly filesystem
EXT3-fs: write access will be enabled during recovery
JDB: no valid journal superblock found
EXT3-fs: error loading journal
mount: error mounting /dev/root on /sysroot as ext3: Invalid argument
Setting up other filesystems.
Setting up new root fs
setuproot: moving /dev/failed: No such file or directory
no fstab.sys, mounting internal defaults
setuproot: error mounting /proc: No such file or directory
setuproot: error mounting /sys: No such file or directory
Switching to new root and running init.
unmounting old /dev
unmounting old /proc
unmounting old /sys
switchroot: mount failed: Attempted to kill init!
Then it goes off into a panic...
It looks like it can't find my real root correctly, but it finds it just fine
whenever I have to use rescue to go in and find out what is wrong....
It is wierd.
But like I said, the minute I pop in the rescue CD, it finds it with no problem.
Any thoughts would be very helpful
(I do have multiple drives on this box, and I have told grub and the /etc/fstab
that the / filesystem is on /dev/hda2.)
Thank you in advance.