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Old 12-22-2007, 07:31 PM   #1
kaz2100
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"Fatal: empty map section" lilo error


Hya

lilo complains like
Code:
# lilo
Skipping /vmlinuz
Added 2615 *
Added 2618Debian
Added 2615-1
Fatal: Empty map section
#
This happens when something is wrong with initrd line at next label (next one to 2615-1, which is not seen at lilo output.)

Web search does not give me much information. In my case, I deleted this version, (old one, so deleted entire /lib/module/2.6xxx), and lilo entry was not. When lilo entry is deleted, error went away.

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Old 12-24-2007, 03:40 AM   #2
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First a couple of references: You might find the LILO Mini HOWTO and the LILO User's Guide useful. While the Mini HOWTO appears up-to-date, unfortunately, the User's Guide is from 1997. Perhaps you can find a more recent one. You might have one on your system under /usr/share/doc or be able to download a documentation package for it.

The Guide I linked to has a section of fatal "Map Installer" errors, but does not list yours. But let me make a stab at it (of course, I could be wrong!). The Map is a file that LILO creates that tells it where to locate all of the files it will need at boot time. You said that you have some kind of an (unspecified) error with an initrd line. Perhaps this problem is preventing LILO from locating the initrd file and it therefore generates the fatal error. Is there some reason you can't just correct the error on the line? Do you not know what the error is? Does perhaps the specified file not exist?

If this continues to be a problem for you, perhaps you should consider using GRUB instead of LILO.

Good luck.
 
Old 12-25-2007, 09:42 AM   #3
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Hya,

Thanks for reply.

Now I can describe situation in detail.

Problem was: that
1: initrd file was empty. (because, I deleted module directory and updated initrd files.),
2: I did not delete bzImage and that
3: I did not edit lilo.conf

Anyway, whoever run into same problem, check these.

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