dell 2850 initrd problem.

Praveen_Paladugu at Praveen_Paladugu at
Thu Jun 3 09:05:47 CDT 2010

Hey Ron, 

Did you verify that the /sbin/init file does exist on the final root (final boot HDD).
If this file does exist, the initrd should have mistakenly selected a wrong disk as the root device.
You can try sending the right "root=UUID=something" to make sure the right disk is selected.

Just trying to make sure replacing the Raid Cache didn't mess up the HDD.


From: linux-poweredge-bounces-Lists On Behalf Of Ron Croonenberg [ronc at]
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 4:31 PM
To: linux-poweredge-Lists
Subject: dell 2850 initrd problem.


I had to replace the raid memory and battery in a Dell 2850, it broke
somehow and the machine was complaining on boot up. That problem went
away, but now I have a problem at bootup.

the msgs I see:

exec of init (/sbin/init) failed!!!: 20
umount /initrd/dev failed 2
kernel panic - not syncing attempted to kill init

I am running NASH on it.

I assume that I probably have to rebuild the initrd ?

Or is there a standard or easier way to do it?

just to be on the safe side, what is the best procedure to get the
machine booting again?



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