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Old 07-10-2003, 05:42 PM   #1
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kernel gone bad

I think I missed a step while installing a new kernel and now it will not boot. It hangs immediately after LILO Loading Linux, it makes a series of dots, and the cursor drops down a line and hangs. There are no other messages on the screen.

I tried booting from the CD and using the rescue option. I am able to boot the rescue cd, and I am able to mount the disk that "should" contain the root. But when I mount it, only "lost+found" is shown. I have mounted the drive as ext2 and ext3, and run e2fsck on it.

e2fsck -b 32768 /dev/hda2
tune2fs -j /dev/hda2
mount -t ext3 /dev/hda2 /mnt/hda2

The only thing in /mnt/hda2 is lost+found, and there is nothing in it. I actually mounted both partitions on hda, both had the same result.

I am running on an IBM Laptop with Red-Hat 9.0. I have previously run a custom kernel without any problems.

Running fdisk l:
/dev/hda1 1 14 105808 83 Linux
dev/hda2 15 4645 35010360 83 Linux
dev/hda3 4646 4783 1043280 82 Linux swap

running e2fsck /dev/hda2:
e2fsck 1.34-WIP (21-May-2003)
/dev/hda2: clean, 11/4382336, 145739, 8752590 blocks

At this point I am stuck, Any ideas before I reinstall?

Old 07-10-2003, 06:05 PM   #2
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is /hda1 a boot partition?

how many users do you have on your system?

is /hda2 your /home/ ?

from what i have seen it looks like /hda2 is the home, your getting the lost+found because your looking at root's home. take a look at /hda1 and see if things are there.

drop a line back with your /etc/lilo.conf and we'll see if we can fix it for you.

Old 07-10-2003, 06:18 PM   #3
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No, the boot partition is hda2. hda1 was an IBM "recovery" disk that I erased after installing (it still worked after this). I mounted and looked at both hda1 and hda2, neither had any data. It seems like the disk got hosed somehow. Is there a utility to verify, beyond e2fcsk?

It is a single user system.

Unfortunately, I don't have a copy of my lilo.conf, but I didn't try anything fancy. If I can get access to the disk, I am pretty sure I can fix it.

hda1 and hda2 not showing any directories is what really has me confused. Any ideas?
Old 07-10-2003, 06:30 PM   #4
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aahhhhh, no. sorry.

looks as if you might have rmed the whole system somehow. how i don't know. and the /hda1 still being there after you got rid of it is puzzling in itself. did you write your disk after you removed it? that the only thing that i can think of as to why it's still there.

good luck.


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