RE: kernel wont boot
From: Hamilton Andrew (Andrew.Hamilton_at_afccc.af.mil)
To: email@example.com Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 10:19:35 -0500
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.
From: roger2 [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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.
On Wed, 4 Feb 2004 08:58:56 -0500, Hamilton Andrew
> 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.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Roger Beever [mailto:email@example.com]
> 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:
>> 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
> 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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