Debian Configuration :: Kernel Panic - Not Syncing / Segfault At Init

Feb 19, 2016

I recently tried to install php5-gd package on my debian vmware server and it failed at libc6 - i386.

Afterwards every command other than CD caused a Segmentation fault and the server would no long boot, showing the following error

[ 4.808086] init[1]: segfault at 0 ip (null) sp bff4645c error 14 in init[8048000+8000]
[ 4.808372] Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
[ 4.808442] Pid: 1, comm: init Not tainted 3.2.0-4-686-pae #1 Debian 3.2.65-1

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General :: Kernel Panic - Not Syncing - No Init Found - Try Passing Init - Option To Kernel

Apr 19, 2011

Im am building a Linux distro. It will be very tiny and fast.

I only have a minimal linuxkernel (bzImage) who is 1,2 mb big. And then I have Busybox who is 174,6 kb big.

The commands in busybox is: cd, ls, mkdir, rmdir, wget, httpd, clear, rm, poweroff, halt, reboot, fdisk, mount, umount, free, and cp.

When I compiled the kernel i use initramfs/initrd function and point it to a folder where initrd/initramfs source is.

The kernel works OK with others initramfs/initrd files. But not with my own.


Here is how the end of the kernelcomplie look like.


Here is my init file who is the initrd/initramfs source.


The initramfs folder contains "bin" (folder) and "init" a file. No more.

The problem is that the kernel cannot find/read init file.

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root (hd0,0)
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Dell Poweredge 2950 - RAID 5
VmWare - using ESX 4.0
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kernel - 2.6.9-55.0.9.ELsmp

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mount: error 2 mounting none
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Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!"
I was able to boot into Linux rescue mode using the boot CD. Then I typed:
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Apr 7, 2011

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It also spits out something about being unable to access ext2 FS. I googled this symptom and have seen that it is fairly common, but everyone's error seems somewhat unrelated. I used the same kernel configuration as the one that is currently working, to keep things simple.

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Feb 23, 2011

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May 3, 2011

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[ 0.869364] Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)

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Oct 4, 2010

I am trying to install debian on my windows PC but am receiving some errors with it. I have downloaded "debian-506-amd64-DVD-1.iso" from debian website and am seeing that the md5 sum is correct. I am getting following error when I choose Graphical Install or install.

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Description of my PC: I have 2 hard disks

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2. SATA hard disk(250GB) -> I intend to install debian on this drive.
3. MSI motherboard & AMD 64 processor with 1 GB RAM.
4. NVidia external graphics card based on AGP slot(256 MB)

EDIT:: This time I got one more error message prior to the 2 shown above [some number] PCI:Cannot allocate resource region 0 of device 0000:00:00.0

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Jun 10, 2010

I've been using Linux for a few years, but this is my first time using Fedora. I installed it on an old computer last night and rebooted, and everything seemed good. I let it start to install updates, but after they were about half done I stopped it, turned the computer off, and went to bed. I know that was stupid of me, and I'm afraid it screwed something up because now when I boot I get the error "kernel panic-not syncing VFS:unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)".

When I looked up the error on Google it seems a lot of people get this after installing a kernel incorrectly, so could stopping the update in the middle perhaps screwed with my kernel? Could I simply chroot into the installation from the live CD and run 'yum install kernel26'?

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Nov 5, 2010

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For 2 days i tried to solve the problem without success and today i installed 10.04 in the entire internal disk but the problem(message above mentioned) remains.

the result of the sudo fdisk -l command is this


ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
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Nov 2, 2015

I have a system that was upgraded from Debian 7 to 8. Unfortunately it is not able to boot from the new kernel 3.16. Only the old 3.2 kernel is able to boot. I could transfer a backup, install it in Virtualbox, redo the upgrade and I can reproduce the error..The last error before "panic" is this line

Code: Select all 59.073579] Freeing unused kernel memory: 216K (ffff8800017ca000 - ffff880001800000)
Loading, please wait...
[   59.226154] systemd-udevd[53]: starting version 215
[   59.326564] random: systemd-udevd urandom read with 4 bits of entropy available
Begin: Loading essential drivers ... done.
Begin: Running /scripts/init-premount ... /init: .: line 210: can't open '/scripts/init-premount/ORDER'
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Code: Select allapt-get install -reinstall initramfs-tools

and rerun initramfs

Code: Select allupdate-initramfs -c -u

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Aug 7, 2011

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Ubuntu gives this error message:

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XP hangs on a black screen... and that is it (thanks for support windows!) UBUNTU 10.04 live CD hangs when the 5 processing dots appears bellow the ubuntu logo. hangs the same way with the processing bar in UBUNTU 9.04 live CD. memory check (memtest86) is showing thousands of errors right from the start.

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