Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 64148
mkbootdisk makes boot disk that leads to kernel panic
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:42:20 EDT
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Description of problem:
After installing 7.2.93, and choosing no bootloader and making a custom boot
disk, the boot disk works. But then I logged in as root and tried to make a new
boot disk using /sbin/mkbootdisk 2.4.18-0.13 and it makes another boot disk.
But when I try to boot to that new boot disk, it leads to a kernel panic. Here
is some of the output:
Mounting /proc filesystem
Mounting root filesystem
mount: missing device
ERROR: failed in exec of ext2
ERROR: failed in exec of LABEL=/1
pivotroot: pivot_root (/sysroot, /sysroot/initrd) failed: 2
ERROR: LABEL=/1 exited abnormally
umount /proc failed: 22
then a kernel panic and the system hangs.
To make matters worse, after I power cycle, my original boot disk no longer
When I put it back in and boot, I get the following error:
/dev/hda2 is mounted e2fsck: cannot continue, aborting
*** An error occurred during the file system check
*** Dropping you to a shell; the system will reboot...
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install skipjack with no boot loader (only custom boot disk)
2. Boot to that custom boot disk, log in as root, put a new disk in and run
3. Shutdown and boot to the newly created boot disk
Actual Results: kernel panic upon boot
Expected Results: I (naively??) expected to have a second working bootdisk.
Can you confirm that this works on the same computer with Red Hat 7.2?
Have you checked the floppy for physical damage? Do a complete format of the
disk and check for bad sectors. If there is even a single bad sector you
should throw it away.
If this was a bad floppy, then this is a duplicate of Bug 62929.
I hadn't tried it on redhat 7.2, but I just did. It also doesn't work there. I
have used 3 different disks (2 with 7.2.93, 1 with 7.2) and I get the same
result each time... the bootdisk created during installation always works, but
the one created using /sbin/mkbootdisk 2.4.7-10 (or 2.4.18-0.13 for 7.2.93)
never works and always causes a kernel panic. After the kernel panic,
rebooting to the disk that was created during installation fails during the file
system check and drops me to a shell... I can continue the boot process from
there by typing /sbin/telinit 3.
could you send me a copy of the boot disk that you made which fails? do this:
could you send me a copy of the boot disk that fails? do this:
1) insert bad boot disk
2) dd if=/dev/fd0 of=/tmp/boot.img
3) attach /tmp/boot.img to an email, and reference this bug #
please send the email to firstname.lastname@example.org
please include your /etc/fstab and the output of running "mount" w/ no options
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