Lindsay Haisley posted on Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:48:43 -0500 as excerpted:
> On Sun, 2011-03-20 at 11:50 -0500, Lindsay Haisley wrote:
>> This problem box has been running Gentoo since 2004, but my work and
>> priorities on my time have changed over the years and it's probably
>> time to move on.
> To be a bit more precise here, I'm actively working on replacing this
> box, and will be running a Linux distribution on it other than Gentoo.
> But in the meantime, I do need to solve the problem about which I
I appreciate that you /have/ decided to ultimately switch, and obviously
believe it best or I'd have not recommend it.
I also appreciate that you need a solution for now. That's what I suspect
I may have provided (at least to a point) further down that post, which
you may not have read given the order.
I was hoping to read all these replies and have you tell me whether I was
on the right track or not, answering the question about initrd/initramfs
so we could go from there if need be. However, I don't see that answer,
which suggests you didn't read that far down my post, for which I can't
really blame you.
But you can always go back and do it now... =:^)
Briefly repeating so you can see if it's worth your trouble going back to
get the details.
If the kernel could not load its initial root, be that initr* or the real-
root, it'd fail to load any userspace at all as it couldn't get to it,
panicking instead when it couldn't get to a root at all. (I know this
Thus, that it's getting even a /limited/ userspace indicates it's getting
to it's initial root. That's a very significant point.
The question from there is whether that limited userspace is loading from
the initrd/initramfs if you have one, indicating it's not successfully
doing the initial real-root mount and pivot-root from the initr*, taking
you down one path toward a solution (missing or incorrect drivers in the
initr* or wrong initrd), or whether it's loading the real-root (as just
getting to userspace at all indicates if you don't have an initr*), thus
indicating that it has the necessary drivers (both pata and fs) to do so,
and the problem is later, with the fsck or remount, taking you down a
different path toward a solution (userspace issue).
If that sounds useful, check the earlier post for more. If it doesn't,
don't bother, as that's what I was detailing in the earlier post.
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