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Re: Indy Linux Install problem

To: Keith M Wesolowski <>
Subject: Re: Indy Linux Install problem
From: "John D. Davis" <johnd@Stanford.EDU>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 17:19:47 -0700 (PDT)
Cc: Bas Benschop <>, debian-mips <>, linux-mips <>
In-reply-to: <>
This is who recommended the image. I grabbed base2_2.2 and uncompressed it
on an IRIX box using gzip -dc and tar xopf - .

>>for an up to date root image.
>> -- Guido

On Fri, 4 May 2001, Keith M Wesolowski wrote:

> On Fri, May 04, 2001 at 04:57:24PM -0700, John D. Davis wrote:
> > I am using the recommended packages and the vmlinux kernel is on the IRIX
> > server.  I am currently getting the following error:
> Recommended by whom?
> > VFS: Mounted root (nfs filesystem) readonly.
> > Warning: unable to open an initial console.
> > Kernel panic: Attempted to kill init!
> >
> > I don't know why the fs is readonly. I explicitly put rw in the
> > /etc/exports.  Is this why the initial console cannot be opened? I read
> No.  That usually indicates that your root filesystem is defective.
> See if /dev/console exists and is c 5 1.  If not, that's the source of
> your console problem.

So dev console is one problem.

littledipper 13% ls -l dev/console
crw-rw-rw-    1 root     sys        0,  0 Jan 24 06:18 dev/console

Can I just use mknod and change it to c 5 1 ?

> The init death problem seems more insidious.  Try passing init=/bin/sh
> or so - this will be even more effective if you have a statically
> linked shell like ash or sash to use.  Where did you get this
> filesystem?  For that matter, where did you get this kernel?  There
> are *lots* of both floating around, even on oss, that may be broken or
> out of date.

The kernel was downloaded from :
and I am using:  kernel-image-2.4.0-test9 both the ecoff and elf format
one fail.  In bin, sh is linked to bash:

littledipper 16% ls -l bin/*sh
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     sys       724072 Dec 27 04:44 bin/bash
lrwxr-xr-x    1 root     sys            4 May  3 15:11 bin/rbash -> bash
lrwxr-xr-x    1 root     sys            4 May  4 16:08 bin/sh -> bash

There is no s/ash.  I can get another copy of the root image if that is
neceassry or use an older verison.


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