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Old 06-29-2005, 04:57 PM   #1
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Getting "No Init found" even from boot disk

I am getting the following error on system boot :

Kernel Panic : no init found, try using init= option .....

I have a dual-boot system with Debain 3.0 (Kernel 2.2.20) and Windows 98 SE on a Pentium III machine with LILO as the boot loader. The system had been running fine for quite a while and I was able to boot to windows and linux with no problems. However out of nowhere when I tried to boot to Linux today, it gave me the "no init found" error.

I searched around and it appears that many people have encountered this before usually when trying to install a new kernel which they compiled or they did something wrong by mistake.

I have not compiled a new kernel Or deleted any system files or anything like that. So I tried to boot from
1. The Linux boot disk
2. The installation CD.

On both occasions I used : rescue root=/dev/hda2 , however I still get the same error.

I even used a partition manager to verify the integrity of the Linux root partition and it came out fine.

In all the messages that I have read about this , the one common solution was to boot from disk and then check for filesystem errors etc.
However I am unable to boot from the rescue disks themselves. What can I do other than re-installing.

Can anyone help ???

Last edited by vi595; 06-29-2005 at 05:01 PM.
Old 06-29-2005, 06:00 PM   #2
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i am not familiar with Debian but on redhat i have seen this problem when /initrd has been deleted. have you deleted any empty directories lately... this file is needed to perform the pivot_root. if you look a few lines up does it say anything about pivot_root'ing? again, my experience is with RH distros (and SuSE) and they both pivot_root to /initrd.

hope this helps.
Old 06-29-2005, 06:09 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

I have deleted empty directories but definitely not anything under / and positively not /initrd .

I don't see anything related to pivot_root in the boot messages. It actually says that the root filesystem was mounted some lines before the error.

What's the pivot_root ?
Old 06-29-2005, 06:32 PM   #4
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google/linux pivot_root

it is one of the very last (if not the last) steps taken by the initial ramdisk

i just thought i would throw that out there. i have seen time and time again where someone will be poking around and "hey, i have an empty directory. it can't be that important if there isn't anything in it so i'll just delete it" and of course by the time they reboot they will have forgotten all about deleting it.

in all the cases i have seen with that error as the last line it was that the directory where the pivot_root is performed had been deleted. i am definitely interested to know what the solution will be for your situation.


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