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Old 04-23-2003, 08:02 AM   #1
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problems booting

Hi there,

I've been trying to customize my lilo.conf file (to load different network configs for work/ home), and unfortunately I'm now unable to boot!
(stupid me!)

I'm running RH8.0.

I think the reason my lilo.conf is stuffed is that i commented out the line with


The error messages, when I boot, include:

EXT3-fs: unable to read superblock
mount: error 22 mounting ext3
pivotroot: pivot_root(/sysroot,/sysroot/initrd) failed: 2
umount /initrd/proc failed: 2
Freeing unused kernel memory: 212k freed
Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init= option to the kernel

I tried passing parameters into lilo (text mode), such as init= ... and append=..., but no luck!

Any ideas what is wrong?
Any ideas how I should proceed?
Is there anything else I can try before trying to use recovery discs?

thanks for any help :-)

Andy Cooke
Old 04-23-2003, 08:06 AM   #2
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pass the boot=LABEL=/ option not append. append will mean that the contents of it will be tagged on to the end of the line, so to add it yourself, just tag it directly on.

not sure why that's being done as an append though... root= is a variable in it's own right.... append= is normally for mnore petty options like scsi emulation for cdrs.

not really too clear on how changing lilo will help you load a network differently though...
Old 04-23-2003, 08:22 AM   #3
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Hi Chris,

thanks *very* much - your suggestion worked, so the panic's over for me and my kernel!

As for customising lilo.conf for different network configs - I've been following:

I think the idea is that when booting, an environment variable is set according to which lilo configuration you pick, and then your scripts can then make use of this variable, e.g. to choose which network script to run,

not sure if I'm brave enough to mess around more, though!




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