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Uh, I don't know much about this, but shouldn't the init argument point to the init program (it's in /sbin/init at my home box)? If it's somewhere else on your machine that could explain why your kernel doesn't find it.
I assume that you installed the kernel from sources and not a cooker rpm or something, and that this problem appeared first time you tried your new kernel?
i ran into the same problem last night, after repartitioning my hard drive with partition magic(dual boot XP). if it is not pointing where it needs to be, how to i make point to it. how can i make this whole thing just....go away...and don't say to format my hd or do any sort of rm :-D thnx
I found out what the problem was or accually why it was doing it. I disabled it and recompiled the kernel, didn't appear again but came up with a load of other errors like
ext3 not supported by the kernel
NFS etc crap
Linux is not working anymore because when I booted Mandrake did some stuff to the partions. So now I can't use it.
If I do compile a perfect kernel what should I expect to see? (only in the gui)
i am not sure exactly what you mean by what you will see only in the gui....
but to guess what you mean, my answer would be :
you won't see nothing ... other than no errors
the machine boots up just normal, just like it does with the other kernel
and i guess when you type
you will see the new kernel version, but other than that , that be it ...
Ok, i repartitioned my hardrive, giving linux 3 more gigs. now, when linux trys to boot:
kernel panic: no init found. try passing init= option to kernel.
please, how do i fix this? i am using RH9(upgraded from 8). I still have my RH8 cds, but the RH9 cds where somebody elses, and i have no way of contacting him, for now. what should i do? what's the easiest way of fixing this without losing all my files i already have? thnx
Did you try finding the init file? Init is the first program that runs after your system boots. It's hopefully there in your filesystem somewhere! try booting in knoppix/the old kernel or whatever you can do to get access to your filesystem. Find out where init lies in your system, (I would expect it to be /sbin/init, that's where it's _supposed_ to be in RH)
try running your kernel with init=/sbin/init or whatever the path to your init is.
how do i do that though? i think i can get to my filesystem, but only if i boot from cd and use the RH rescue. but still, from there, i don't know where to go and what to do. i have found a few forums in here that talk about this, but when i try to follow what they are talking about, i keep running into trouble. if i do a RH update, even though i going from 9 to 8, do u think it would help me get passed this problem? and then possibly when i get RH 9, i just do the upgrade again?
I doubt that the installation CD will allow you to do a "reverse upgrade". Have you tried booting with the boot disk?
You did make a boot disk didn't you? :-) If you didn't, you can probably do it easily with your rh8 disks, it offers to make one at the end of the installation (just choose to install nothing).
It's worth a try, but I don't think bootdisk will work if your init is missing or corrupted. Your best shot is really a knoppix disk or another system rescue tool. If you don't have one, it's a good investement in time and money to get one anyway.
You could just guess about the whereabouts of init without looking at the filesystem. Try init=/sbin/init first. If that doesn't work, try init=/bin/init. If that doesn't work either, try googlling for linux init or something, try to find out where it could possibly be on your system. In the worst case, try putting a new init on your system somehow - I have no idea if that will work, it may break something, but it's what I would try.
well, your right about trying to upgrade, acctualy, i can even install again. it says that it can't find the device period. i get stuck where it asks about my partitioning. why would repartitioning my hardrive make my linux and RH8 cd's not even know my hd is there? this is so wierd. i think i'm going to end up formatting the entire system, and install ONLY linux on the entire thing. mabe, MABE, i'll save a few gigs for windows, only for the very few programs i wish to run on it.
but either case, i still would like to know why it's doing this. i would like to recover all my files before erasing everything.