[Scottish] Debian: need help installing new kernel package

David Marsh's list-reading hat scottish at mailman.lug.org.uk
Wed Mar 5 12:28:00 2003

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On 02 Mar 2003 15:53:06 +0000
David Irvine <Maillist@glasgownet.com> wrote:

> if the initrd file doesnt exist at all then you need to 
> # mkinitrd -o /boot/initrd.img-2.4.20-k7
> then you need to make sure that you ln -s /boot/initrd.img-2.4.20-k7
> /initrd.img

Did this..

> then run lilo

Fairly sure I did that.. ;-)
(I maybe had already done that before mkinitrd'ing)

lilo didn't now complain, as it could see the initrd.img, but..

> if lilo fails for some reason DO NOT reboot your machine.

..mmm, discovered that bit the hard way.. :-(

Everything seemed OK, but attempting to boot with the new kernel
produced billions of horrible errors..

Thank grud for the "LinuxOLD" option! ;-)

Decided to apt-get install the new kernel image again. I don't know why
I had to do that, something obviously still confusing me: the install
script asked about rewriting the boot block, and I, probably foolishly,
said no, thinking that rerunning lilo had done all that was needed..
Anyway, rewrote the boot block on the second attempt, and now everything
seems _fairly_ happy. Various errors appearing in the boot sequence, I'l
track 'em down and squash 'em one by one.. 

Thanks a lot for your help, that was a little harder than I'd expected!



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