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Old 10-20-2004, 04:47 AM   #1
maarten
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boot error: 'error -3 while decompressing'


Hello,

When booting my debianbox I get the following error:


<snip>
...
RAMDISK: cramfs filesystem found at block
RAMDISK: loading 4600 blocks [1 disk] into ram disk ... done
VFS: Mounted root (cramfs filesystem) readonly
Error -3 while decompressing!
c036bf70 (661066158) -> c12db000 (4096)
Error -3 while decompressing!
c036bb5c (1936000895) -> cfdf7000 (4096)
request_module: runaway loop modprobe binfmt - 0000
request_module: runaway loop modprobe binfmt - 0000
request_module: runaway loop modprobe binfmt - 0000
request_module: runaway loop modprobe binfmt - 0000
request_module: runaway loop modprobe binfmt - 0000
<dead>

I think it was the first reboot after I did an apt-get upgrade which seemed to update the kernel - answering 'yes' there was a bit of hubris, since tinkering with the kernel is way out of my league - but my best guess is, it has something to do with that.

Googeling didn't get me much further and it's my main computer, so any help or pointers where to look would be greatly appreciated,

thanks in advance,

M
 
Old 10-20-2004, 07:35 AM   #2
huibert.alblas
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Boot loader

It looks like the boot loader can not find the files it needs to boot the kernel (or the ramdisk)

This can happen when you use Lilo, and your kernel has changed, but lilo was not updated accordingly.

execute the command "lilo" as root, it should list the differrent instlled boot options,
the one with a * ist the default.

Grub shoul incorporate these change on its own, because it can "read" various Filessystems at boot time.

Lilo only knows the inode to start reading, and does a raw filesystem read from there...
 
Old 10-20-2004, 09:37 AM   #3
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Thanks, if just executing 'lilo' will do the trick; i'm a very happy boy...

But getting a root shell doesn't seem so obvious - at least to me. The instructions I found depend either on being able to boot the current kernel* or are way over my head...

If somebody can give or point me toward the 'babystep-approach'...

(*and does running 'lilo' while working with a different kernel fixes my problem?)
 
Old 10-23-2004, 09:47 AM   #4
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[bump]

I've been looking into recovery tools like Tomsrtbt and a lot of manuals - but it's still quite tricky: I now apparently need to fiddle with things like chains.b and boot.b, but I'm hesitant to use my main box as a testing ground...

To avoid doing even more damage, can someone confirm if I'm on the right path, or give me more detailed instructions?

Thanks in advance,

M
 
  


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