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concurent running init on DECstations

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Subject: concurent running init on DECstations
From: Richard van den Berg <R.vandenBerg@inter.NL.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 14:15:10 +0100 (MET)
Cc: Harald Koerfgen <Harald.Koerfgen@home.ivm.de>
Hello DECstation fans,

The DECstations here (5000/25 and 133) aren't able to run multi-user
yet, using the 2.1.131 kernel, when the system normally boots
and init is starting the last visible execution is the last line
of /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit, which is an echo, after that the machines
remains silent, ping-'ing them is possible and the only sign of life I
can discover.

When rc.sysinit drops into a shell because fstab is missing a line with
the root filesytem, the machines work fine because they've compiled
binutils, egcs and there own kernel which runs fine. `ps ax` in this
shell gives following result:

[root@fortuna /root]# ps ax
  PID  TTY STAT   TIME COMMAND
    1  ?   S      0:00 init bo
    2  ?   SW     0:00 (kflushd) 
    3  ?   SWN    0:00 (kswapd) 
    4  ?   SW     0:00 (rpciod)
    5  S2  S      0:00 init bo
    6  S2  S      0:01 sh /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit
   15  S2  S      0:01 -bash
   32  S2  R      0:00 ps ax

And shows 2 init's to my surprise, which might be the cause of the
problem. But how is it possible that there are 2 init's running?

Regards,
Richard

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