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Old 07-05-2006, 10:21 AM   #1
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deb sarge: /sbin/init 432 dev/console file not found


I am having Fedora -3 on my laptop , I want to try debian so I installed debian sarge from DVD, when I try to reboot I am getting the following error:

/sbin/init 432 dev/console file not found
Kernel panic: Attempting to kill INIT !!

I have installed debian on my new SATA harddisk (/dev/sda)and Fedora is in IDE harddisk(/dev/hda) and I have GRUB bootloader to select the OS. Anyone has solution for my issue ?

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Old 07-05-2006, 01:26 PM   #2
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Somehow, your /dev/console file must have been accidentally deleted. It is pretty easy to fix.

Boot into Fedora.
Then mount /dev/sda1 to somewhere (say /mnt/sda1)
Then, make sure sda1 is the correct partition: An `ls /mnt/sda1' should show Debian's root directory for your debian system (directories for boot, bin, dev, etc, home, lib, etc.). The important one here is dev.
Now, look to see what's on Debian's /dev directory: issue the `ls -l /mnt/sda1/dev'. The expected result is to have either nothing, or have only one or two files (none of which are not /mnt/sda1/dev/console).

Linux requires three `persistent' character files before it boots up. The rest are generated after init has loaded. These files (and their maj/min numbers) are /dev/console (5 1), /dev/null (1 3), and /dev/zero (1 5). You can create them (the ones that don't exist) like so:
$ mknod /mnt/sda1/dev/console c 5 1
$ mknod /mnt/sda1/dev/null    c 1 3
$ mknod /mnt/sda1/dev/zero    c 1 5
Now Debian should be able to load correctly. If, after restarting Debian, the same thing happens again, then there is a problem in the startup or shutdown scripts somewhere.
Old 07-05-2006, 11:15 PM   #3
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Thanks Osor. I have checked for console file on the /dev/sda harddisk , unfortunately it is present along with zero and null file.

I have created new / partition and /boot partition on the /dev/sda harddisk, so i have two root parition each on /dev/hda and /dev/sda. Is this causing the error? If so what is the best method to install two linux distros in two different harddisk ?

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