Re: init not loading? why?

From: Robert Watson <>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 17:44:16 -0500 (EST)
On Fri, 28 Mar 2003, Sean Chittenden wrote:

> > I recently purchased a new laptop HDD, tossed three partitions onto
> > the drive (/, /usr, and swap), newfs'ed them with UFS2, mounted the
> > new drive as a umass device, copied files over (tar), and now when I
> > boot with my new drive, the kernel is having problems launching
> > /sbin/init.  For the life of me, I can't figure out why it's not
> > loading.  After dropping to DDB, I don't see it in the process list
> > and I'm not getting any output other than notice that the kernel is
> > starting /sbin/init.
> Ah!  Figured it out after reading through init's src: /dev didn't exist
> therefore the machine wouldn't start.  No good.  I may find a place to
> stick this got'cha in the docs or add an mkdir() call to init.  -sc

mkdir(2) on / is not going to work if / is readonly.  The kernel actually
tries to do a vop_mkdir() already, I think.  The eventual solution is
probably a rootfs (blaim mux).

Robert N M Watson             FreeBSD Core Team, TrustedBSD Projects      Network Associates Laboratories
Received on Fri Mar 28 2003 - 13:44:25 UTC

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