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Old 03-10-2008, 01:49 AM   #1
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Fedora Core 5 Kernel Panic Help!

Hi Guys,

I did a yum update last weekend and updated the whole fedora core5.
I did a reboot today and this is what i got.

Uncompressing Linux .. Ok , booting the kernel
Red Hat Nash version 5.0.32 starting
sad : asking for cache data failed
sda : assuming drive cache : write though
sda : asking for cache data failed
sda : assuming drive cache : write though

Reading all physical volumes. This may take a while ...
Found volum e group "VOlGroup00" using metadata type lvm2
2 logical volume(s) in volume group "VolGroup00: now active
ext3 : No journal on filesystem on dm-0
mount : error mounting /dev/root on /sysroot as ext3:Invalid Argument
setuproot: moving /dev failed: No such file or directory
setuproot: mounting /proc failed: No such file or directory
setuproot: mounting /sys failed: No such file or directory
switchroot: mount failed: No such file or directory
Kernel panic-not syncing: Attempted to kill init"

I tired to boot using the FC5 disc running linux rescue but it was unable to find previous linux installations. Just another note is that the system is running 2 x SAS on raid 1 forming a single logical drive. Is there anyway that the kernel be changed to recognize the LVM?

Thanks in advance.
Old 03-10-2008, 08:24 PM   #2
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Well, first, you should be aware that FC5 is no longer supported by Red Hat, and so a yum update is, at best, problematic.

Since you note that you system is a server, I'd suggest you first restore you system from your backups, and then either do a very selective update of only those things you absolutely need to have updated. For most updates, you may need to get the source code and compile the packages for your configuration.

If you can stand the system being down for a while, consider moving to FC7 or F8. I believe that FC7 may be supported until F9 is released this summer.

If, on the other hand, you need a more stable system, note that the Fedora distribution are, by in large, beta releases of RHEL without any propitiatory packages. So you might be better of going with RHEL. If you wish, you can even purchase a support package from Red Hat.

All that being said, it's possible that the "new" FC5 you've got is "seeing" your RAID configuration as two different drives and attempting to open them individually. The device manager message you've got suggests that there's something strange going on there.


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