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Old 11-24-2010, 11:23 PM   #1
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"/sbin/init does not exist" on boot


I am having some issues about every other time i try to boot into Arch linux.

it is installed on my third hard drive, and my grub from Fedora is what it boots from.

about every other time i try to boot into it i get this error:
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Waiting 10 seconds for device /dev/sdb3...
ext4-fs (sdb3): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode Opts: (null)
ERROR: root device mounted successfully, but /sbin/init does not exist.
Bailing out, you are on your own. Good Luck.

/bin/sh: can't access tty; job count turned off
[Ramfs/]#
I don't know where to start with this one
Any help will be greatly appreciated
 
Old 11-25-2010, 07:54 AM   #2
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When it dumps you in a ramfs shell (like it did in your post), try mounting /dev/sdb3. Check if /sbin/init exists on the drive. You could have a mounting error or a corrupted/failing drive.
 
Old 11-25-2010, 09:38 AM   #3
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When it dumps you in a ramfs shell (like it did in your post), try mounting /dev/sdb3. Check if /sbin/init exists on the drive. You could have a mounting error or a corrupted/failing drive.

Thats another thin i forgot to mention, when it throws me into ramfs shell, it freezes, i can't type anything in.
And /sbin/init does exist
 
Old 11-25-2010, 02:23 PM   #4
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Sounds like a hardware issue. Will it boot a live-CD distro?
 
Old 11-25-2010, 02:31 PM   #5
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Sounds like a hardware issue. Will it boot a live-CD distro?
Yes it boots into live-cd's, it boots my Fedora, and it boots into arch about every other time i try.
 
Old 11-26-2010, 03:53 AM   #6
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Your post is not entirely clear: Do both systems support ext4? As I understand it, your Fedora might miss the Arch (ext4) modules and thus can't get at /sbin/init...
 
Old 11-26-2010, 04:29 AM   #7
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Your post is not entirely clear: Do both systems support ext4? As I understand it, your Fedora might miss the Arch (ext4) modules and thus can't get at /sbin/init...
Yes both systems support ext4. its during the boot process for arch that it errors out (sometimes)
 
Old 11-26-2010, 04:38 AM   #8
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Did you run a fsck? (I use usually "shutdown -r -F now" to have "/" checked as well).
 
Old 11-26-2010, 11:39 AM   #9
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Did you run a fsck? (I use usually "shutdown -r -F now" to have "/" checked as well).
Yes they all came out completely clean
 
Old 11-26-2010, 11:59 AM   #10
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it is installed on my third hard drive
/dev/sdb3 is third partition on second hard drive.

Is sdb3 your only arch partition or is sdc your arch drive?
What is on sdb1 and sdb2?

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fdisk -l

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Old 11-26-2010, 03:23 PM   #11
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sdb1 is extended partition for fedora
sdb2 is /boot for arch
sdb3 is / for arch
sdb4 is /home for arch
 
Old 11-26-2010, 07:02 PM   #12
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Not sure if this has anything to do with your problem but,

Why is sdb1 an extended partition? I'm not sure if it makes much sense to have the first partition on a drive extended.

I did read about this error and it seems upgrading to grub2 fixes it.
 
Old 11-26-2010, 09:00 PM   #13
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Not sure if this has anything to do with your problem but,

Why is sdb1 an extended partition? I'm not sure if it makes much sense to have the first partition on a drive extended.

I did read about this error and it seems upgrading to grub2 fixes it.
Initially the drive was all extended, i decided i wanted to try Arch, so i shrunk that partition then added arch to the rest.

I also read that about upgrading to grub2 just recently. so would i do that in my Fedora installation since that is the grub i am using?
 
Old 11-29-2010, 03:59 AM   #14
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...I also read that about upgrading to grub2 just recently. so would i do that in my Fedora installation since that is the grub i am using?
Think again ... that's not trivial at all, there is a huge amount of change (GRUB2 is a complete re-write) and in particular the handling of the control files is radically altered (no more menu.lst) but it's your funeral .

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Old 11-29-2010, 10:13 AM   #15
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Think again ... that's not trivial at all, there is a huge amount of change (GRUB2 is a complete re-write) and in particular the handling of the control files is radically altered (no more menu.lst) but it's your funeral .
Lol thank you for the warning.
Im planning to upgrade to fedora 14 here soon, so i will probably just wait for that.
I need to rearrange my partitions around as well so i will probably end up reinstalling Arch.

Thank you all for your help.
 
  


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