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Re: Fedora 10 installation failing and dropping to shell

First thanks for the reply. The install never made it past this point and there weren't enough available OS commands to dig much further. I could list the mounted CDROM but navigating onto it didn't work. When I attempted to exit the shell, the machine had a kernel panic.

After a bunch of playing I decided to switch out the CD Drive for a Panasonic and live boot proceeded to completion. I then tried the original CD Drive with Debian 4 and my Fedora 6 versions and things were fine so I am wondering if there is some driver brittleness for the CDROM. It is an LG that is about 2 years old, nothing exotic. For both working and not working cases, the CD Drive was an IDE slave.

In my case, I can use the other CD. What might be helpful is to detect unhappiness with the CD drive and generally indicate that that is the problem before dropping to shell.



From: Paul W. Frields <stickster gmail com>
To: fedora-list redhat com
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 8:25:04 AM
Subject: Re: Fedora 10 installation failing and dropping to shell

B1;1704;0cOn Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 10:13:59PM -0800, Jason Kania wrote:
> Hello,
> I downloaded the Fedora 10 CD and attempted to install. The
> installation starts and then drops to shell as follows when not in
> quiet mode:
> ...
> starting udevd
> creating devices
> Waiting for system to settle
> mounting /dev/root
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 0 0 3 Jan 28 01:10 /dev/root ->sr0
> ---------------------------------------------------------
> WARNING: Requested /sbin/init binary does not exist on rootfs
> ---------------------------------------------------------
> Dropping to a shell. Good luck!
> I checked in the /sbin and init directory and it is not there. Is this
> a detection issue of some sort or a known bug in the installation? I
> looked for this problem quite a bit in google, but did not see an
> explanation or work around that was comprehensible. Any suggestions?

This looks fairly serious.  Did the installation complete normally,
with a final screen telling you that your system was ready to reboot?

If you're amenable, my first choice would be to repeat the
installation.  That would probably be less time consuming than what
you'll spend on email trying to ascertain the full extent of the
problem, which might include other incomplete installation bits.
Suffice it to say this isn't how the installer is expected to behave!

If you encounter this problem again, post back and we'll help as much
as possible.

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