[Nelug] Gentoo Linux & Kernel Panic

Edward Younger - Sun VSP - Firmware Engineer Edward.Younger at sun.com
Thu Sep 4 11:48:00 UTC 2003

Steven writes:
 > Can someone please help me with the problem I have with installing Gentoo
 > Linux
 > I grabbed the latest version (1.4) from the web site and installed it using
 > the instructions found here:
 > http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/gentoo-x86-install.xml Everything went fine
 > until I came to reboot, when after starting the USB subsystem I get the
 > error message: Kernel panic: Attempted to kill init!

Do you know what "starting the USB subsystem" actually does ?
And what is the next thing that *should* happen? I guess I'm asking -
are the init scripts easy to follow so we can see what the system's
trying to do when you get the panic? I don't know gentoo at all so
can't tell you where to look for these - maybe /etc/rc.d


 > I've tried disabling the USB in the BIOS but to no effect, so I don't think
 > that its the USB (but I could be wrong).
 > Please help as this is my first real attempt to ditch WinXP (although I do
 > have a firewall and two servers running Linux).
 > Thanks in advance.
 > Steven.
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