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Probably a given - but udev-030-26 made my system unbootable (detailed)



The first error was "Warning: unable to find a console" or something to that
effect. The boot process paused. I manually created:

    crw-------  1 root root   5,   1 Sep 17 22:18 console

Then, it complained about /dev/null not being writable. Sure enough,
/dev/null was a regular file with bytes in it. *sigh* Created that as:

    crw-rw-rw-  1 root root   1,   3 Feb 23  2004 null

No luck. Booting still had major trouble. Finally I gave up:

To get myself back into working order - I renamed /dev to /dev.udev
and copied a working /dev from another partition to /dev. It looks
like a lot of things are missing from /dev.udev. The current contents
of /dev.udev is (after I added console and null):

$ ls -l /dev.udev
total 6
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root root        8 Dec  1  2003 cdrom -> /dev/hdc
crw-------  1 root root   5,   1 Sep 17 22:18 console
crw-------  1 root root  10,  63 Jul 31 09:16 device-mapper
crw-rw----  1 root root  14,   9 Aug 21 00:05 dmmidi
prw-------  1 root root        0 Sep 17 22:07 initctl|
crw-r-----  1 root kmem   1,   2 Aug 28 14:13 kmem
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root     2048 Jul 31 10:55 mapper/
crw-------  1 root root  14,   2 Aug 21 00:05 midi
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root root        5 Dec  1  2003 mouse -> psaux
crw-rw-rw-  1 root root   1,   3 Feb 23  2004 null
crw-rw----  1 mark root 195,   0 Jul  1 13:57 nvidia0
crw-------  1 mark root 195,   1 Jul  1 13:57 nvidia1
crw-------  1 mark root 195,   2 Jul  1 13:57 nvidia2
crw-------  1 mark root 195,   3 Jul  1 13:57 nvidia3
crw-------  1 mark root 195,   4 Jul  1 13:57 nvidia4
crw-------  1 mark root 195,   5 Jul  1 13:57 nvidia5
crw-------  1 mark root 195,   6 Jul  1 13:57 nvidia6
crw-------  1 mark root 195,   7 Jul  1 13:57 nvidia7
crw-rw----  1 mark root 195, 255 Jul  1 13:57 nvidiactl
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root root       20 Dec  1  2003 ptal-printd -> /var/run/ptal-printd/
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root     2048 Jul  4  2002 pts/
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root     2048 Sep  6  2001 shm/
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  32 Aug 24 15:47 tty32
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  33 Aug 24 15:47 tty33
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  34 Aug 24 15:47 tty34
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  35 Aug 24 15:47 tty35
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  36 Aug 24 15:47 tty36
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  37 Aug 24 15:47 tty37
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  38 Aug 24 15:47 tty38
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  39 Aug 24 15:47 tty39
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  40 Aug 24 15:47 tty40
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  41 Aug 24 15:47 tty41
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  42 Aug 24 15:47 tty42
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  43 Aug 24 15:47 tty43
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  44 Aug 24 15:47 tty44
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  45 Aug 24 15:47 tty45
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  46 Aug 24 15:47 tty46
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  47 Aug 24 15:47 tty47
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  48 Aug 24 15:47 tty48
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  49 Aug 24 15:47 tty49
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  50 Aug 24 15:47 tty50
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  51 Aug 24 15:47 tty51
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  52 Aug 24 15:47 tty52
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  53 Aug 24 15:47 tty53
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  54 Aug 24 15:47 tty54
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  55 Aug 24 15:47 tty55
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  56 Aug 24 15:47 tty56
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  57 Aug 24 15:47 tty57
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  58 Aug 24 15:47 tty58
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  59 Aug 24 15:47 tty59
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  60 Aug 24 15:47 tty60
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  61 Aug 24 15:47 tty61
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  62 Aug 24 15:47 tty62
crw-rw----  1 root tty    4,  63 Aug 24 15:47 tty63
lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root        4 Aug 28 14:44 XOR -> null

Hope this helps somebody in debugging this! :-)

mark

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