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Old 03-22-2006, 11:52 AM   #1
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Exclamation Constant reinstallations

Since I decided to reinstall Linux it has started to bomb out every few days at start up. I'm using Red Hat 9.0 and it has never behaved like this before.
It lives on a seperate HD-drive and I've just started to use Apache.

I know there is nothing wrong with the startup disk, or the HD itself. RH is installed from a regular CD. Generally i find Linux a pleasant OS, but this is starting to drive me nuts. And I'm on a schedule to learn HTML, so I would really appriciate some advice on this one.

Old 03-22-2006, 12:20 PM   #2
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You need to find the source of this first.
Check your /var/log/messages for any error messages. In special, check for any I/O errors in any device. Post back any suspicious messages and lets see it is the cause.

Old 03-22-2006, 12:27 PM   #3
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Sorry, I hoped to make it to edit the message before anyone got to read it. I do get a message just at start up:

Kernel Panic: No init found. Try passing init= option to kernel.

And then the hole thing just freezes up.

Thanks again


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Old 03-22-2006, 12:49 PM   #4
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Symptom or Cause?

Originally Posted by Tillus
Kernel Panic: No init found. Try passing init= option to kernel.
I'm no expert, but that sounds like a symptom of a bigger problem. In all but the most extreme cases I would think it should boot to a CLI runlevel. It sounds like it's not reading the disc. Try passing an init parameter (3 for RH?). I'm guessing that will spawn more error messages.

I've had great success lately with the Fedora Rescue CD. If you can get that, or if you have one of your own, boot with that to see if you can't dive into those logs to find the source of the problem. If the hardware and disc are OK, then I'm out of ideas.
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It doesn't behave like this all the time, just every few days. I'm wondering if Apache might be the culprit here.
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Next step would be to check Apache logs for errors.


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