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Old 06-28-2004, 12:28 PM   #1
Raistlin
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gentoo boot procedure [SOLVED]


hi,

i have severe problems in getting the 2.6.7 kernel to run properly... currently i run a 2.6.6 without problems. but when i boot with a 2.6.7 ( i tried vanilla, mm1, mm2, mm3, gentoo-dev-sources, rc3) the boot process fails just after having added the swap space. then such strange errors as "input/output error" occur and i can see messages as "read-only filesystem" flushing by.

i now were very happy, if i could disable the nothing-telling output from the init-scripts, e.g.
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starting service <SO-AND-SO> [ok]
i even don't have a log file, because the processes can't write on the disk?!?!?

as i said, 2.6.6 works prefectly.
with 2.6.7 i tried the same config, built it new from scratch, and tested also a "minimal" one --> no success, so i guess some tools here on my box conflict with something in the kernel... but what

2.6.7-rc1 works well... - but to figure out what changes have been made i must read the long (very long) changelogs... if somebody could help me here with just a hint, how to get better messages - feel free

thank you for all your thoughts and hints

raist.

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Old 06-28-2004, 02:58 PM   #2
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apparently the system hasn't (or cant) remount the root file system (by default the rootFS is usually mounted read only)

maybe update those boot scripts?
 
Old 06-29-2004, 12:33 AM   #3
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i just updated the system before i've begun to install the new kernel
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emerge system

i now tested 2.6.7-rc2... this one boots, but not cleanly: the module for my NIC isn't available in the kernel-config option, so i have no ethernet (e1000 driver)...

i'm still looking for a possibility to disable the "standard boot output" and switch to "verbose" output...

thank you

cheers, raist.
 
Old 06-29-2004, 11:08 AM   #4
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theres at standard output?

i just put in boot splash and told lilo to tell the kernel "splash=verbose" so i never seen the "standard boot output", unless its the status bar (I'm thinking of making a new image and adding that back in, just for the fun of it)

and why not compile in the driver?
 
Old 06-29-2004, 12:31 PM   #5
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i have no boot-splash. i was speaking of the output from the init-scripts. that one i have "fixed" (i disabled the pipe to /dev/null)

concerning the NIC-driver... i found out that this one was a known problem in 2.6.7-rc2. one wasn't able to compile the gigabit drivers, if one has not enabled the 100Mbit option in the kernel config.

--> rc2 works too so far... now i try to figure out what the problem with the rc2-->rc3 might be...

cheers, raist.

[UPDATE]
i still search a better mean to get usable messages... my "disabling strategy" doesn't do enough

Last edited by Raistlin; 06-29-2004 at 01:38 PM.
 
Old 07-02-2004, 08:07 AM   #6
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maybe i've found the bug... the problem seems to reside in a partition table that is inconsistent compared to the physical disk size. my ibm t41p had (i disabled it now, for it doesn't make a difference if it's enabled or disabled) a so-called "predesktop area": some GB at the end of the disk were reserved for the winxp image files. well, it seems as if since 2.6.7-rc3 the inconsistency messes up the system.

so, now i search a possibility to either repair the partition table, resize the partition, ...any other ideas?

but what i should do in order to avoid a huge reinstallation/moving/imaging-session i were very grateful for any idea from anybody

thank you.
raistlin.
 
Old 07-02-2004, 02:53 PM   #7
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hi,

i solved it "the hard way": as no tool could repair the partition, i just copied the contents (with the correct flags for "cp", of course ) to an external hd, deleted the buggy partition, recreated a new one and copied the contents back. i have manually provided the size-parameter for the new partition such that the error doesn't occur again.

thank you all for your help

raistlin.
 
  


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