RE: kernel wont boot

From: Hamilton Andrew (
Date: 02/04/04

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    For your grub.conf file look in /boot/grub. Just do an 'ls' of the /boot
    directory to get that. Have you tried reinstalling the new kernel? You may
    give that a shot. I sometimes have things that don't install and it's
    usually because I've modified the configuration. You've stated that you
    haven't messed with anything and I believe you. It could be that something
    you've installed has modified a configuration file and that is preventing it
    from doing a complete install. Usually rpm complains so you know. Seems a
    bit far fetched but still possible, I guess. The exact message would be
    helpful along with the other information. You'll definitely want to get the
    latest kernel for security reasons, especially for a mail server.


    -----Original Message-----
    From: roger2 []
    Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2004 10:06 AM
    Subject: Re: kernel wont boot

    Thanks. In my clumsy way I was saying I had just booted using the previous
    kernel as the simple fix.
    If you could give me the commands to get the info I will have ago tonight.
    It's my mail server but I will risk a reboot to note the exact message.
    But as far as I remember it's the one as posted in the other posting but
    not for the same reason obviously.
    Regards Roger

    On Wed, 4 Feb 2004 08:58:56 -0500, Hamilton Andrew
    <> wrote:
    > Roger,
    > What exact error are you getting and what does your grub.conf look like?
    > Also what are the contents of your /boot directory? Some of this
    > information might help in tracking down your problem. You can go back to
    > the latest working boot configuration which is a reason I always leave it
    > and try again. That is probably simplest. If that still causes you
    > problems repost and we'll see if we can't help you fix it.
    > Drew
    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Roger Beever []
    > Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2004 5:40 PM
    > To: redhat list
    > Subject: RE: kernel wont boot
    > On Tue, 2004-02-03 at 18:27, Hamilton Andrew wrote:
    >> Roger,
    >> Are you using grub or lilo? Not that it matters but the config is a
    >> little different. Make sure you have the new kernel in the config
    >> file. Make sure you have the initrd to match your version of the
    >> kernel. If not use mkinitrd to create the initrd. Read the manpage
    >> for the syntax, it's pretty simple. I've never had this happen to me
    >> using up2date but that doesn't mean it can't. I don't use labels for
    >> my partitions, I typically just boot the root device so if you are
    >> using labels it may be a function of loading the modules using the
    >> ramdisk(initrd).
    >> Drew
    > GRUB
    > with a straight off the CD type install spread over 2 drives.
    > root should be on hda1 as far as I remember.
    > Might it be easier to remove the latest kernel and try again?
    > I have made no changes to GRUB

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