Re: Probably silly Q about bootable partitions

From: Gene Heskett
Date: Tue Dec 31 2013 - 14:16:06 EST

On Tuesday 31 December 2013, Roger Heflin wrote:
>rescue boot it, change the /boot mount line in /etc/fstab to add
>noauto (like noauto,defaults...or whatever else you already have) and
>change the last column to 0 to disable fsck on it.
>It should boot then, and you have the machine fully up were you can do
>better debugging.

It did not, reports a runaway loop in modprobe binfmt-464c, then spits out
a panic report mentioning the kernel command line option of init= & freezes
with that report still on screen.

In this install, grub does a preliminary modprobe ext2, but the /boot is
ext2-3. And has been for several years.

More clues?


>ie mount /boot may give you a useful error, or it may work...if it
>works that implies that in the initrd some piece needed to start /boot
>is not there (fs mayb?).
>/boot is only needed by the is not needed when the os is up
>except to update teh booting kernel to a new one...
>On Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM, Gene Heskett <gheskett@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Greetings;
>> I can't build a bootable 3.12.6 kernel, it seems to die quite fast with
>> a trace blaming binfmt-some-hex-number. Or fail well into the boot
>> waiting for / to come available. But if I choose a shell at that
>> failure, it isn't / that is not shown in a blkid report, it is /boot,
>> named "ububoot" thats missing. "/", named uburoot, is fine.
>> Here is blkid output booted to 3.12.0.
>> gene@coyote:~/src/linux-3.12.6$ blkid
>> /dev/sdc1: UUID="1321fc90-ba7a-4742-8176-f7b3a8284be5" TYPE="ext4"
>> /dev/sdc2: LABEL="amandatapes-1-T"
>> UUID="b7657920-d9a2-4379-ae21-08a0651b65cc" SEC_TYPE="ext2"
>> TYPE="ext3" /dev/sda1: LABEL="ububoot"
>> UUID="f54ba7af-1545-43f3-a86e-bfc0017b4526" SEC_TYPE="ext2"
>> TYPE="ext3" /dev/sda2: LABEL="uburoot"
>> UUID="ec677e9c-6be6-4311-b97b-3889d42ce6ef" TYPE="ext4" /dev/sda3:
>> UUID="edc2880e-257d-4521-8220-0df5b57dcae4" TYPE="swap" /dev/sdb1:
>> UUID="80ab0463-d6fc-4f5b-af08-5aa43d55fdf8" SEC_TYPE="ext2"
>> TYPE="ext3" /dev/sdb5: UUID="b4841721-a040-48bc-80dc-e742164ad38a"
>> TYPE="swap" /dev/sdd1: LABEL="home2"
>> UUID="7601432d-7a30-42a3-80b5-57f08ae71f2a" TYPE="ext4" /dev/sdd2:
>> LABEL="opt2" UUID="748b01e1-ae7b-4b17-b8e9-c88429bcefbf" TYPE="ext4"
>> Duplicating this 3.12.0's settings under "filesystems" for 3.12.6 is
>> apparently not the needed fix.
>> Clues for the apparently clueless?
>> Thanks all.
>> Cheers, Gene

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