[nSLUG] grub-pc unable to install initrd

Jack Warkentin jwark at bellaliant.net
Sun Aug 7 17:23:11 ADT 2016

Hi Frank

I don't think that was the problem. See my reply to Donald Teed on the 
same topic.



Frank Geitzler wrote:
> Jack, as you know, I run Ubuntu rather than 'pure' Debian, if I may use
> that terminology), but the following file has the list of partitions
> used by Ubuntu, and their mount points:
> /etc/fstab
> Is the same the case with Debian wheezy, and if so, is it possible that
> there is a problem with the referencing of the partitions there? I think
> that file is used by the process that creates the boot loader
> Frank Geitzler
> On Wed, 2016-08-03 at 16:46 -0300, jwark at bellaliant.net wrote:
>> Hi Everybody
>> Until a few weeks ago I was running Debian wheezy on my AMD64/5-year-old
>> ASUS motherboard desktop computer. Before upgrading to jessie, I
>> successfully upgraded grub legacy to grub-pc. The dist-upgrade to jessie
>> worked fine and I was able to boot into the new kernel with no problems.
>> A week or so after the dist-upgrade there were a whole bunch of packages
>> that needed to be upgraded, so I did that. Afterwards the system would
>> not boot with grub, although I can boot it with both a systemrescue CD
>> and a Debian jessie installation usb stick, in rescue mode.
>> I have checked everything I could think of with no success. I couldn't
>> find any packages in the dpkg logs that would appear to be problematic
>> for booting. All of the grub packages, and the kernel package are dated
>> well before the dist-upgrade, according to the .deb files in
>> /var/cache/apt/archives. I have re-installed those packages and
>> re-installed grub. I have also tried editing the grub boot commands in
>> several ways. Without the initrd the kernel boots but hangs up, as
>> expected, presumably by the lack of the initrd.
>> So I am assuming that grub is failing to properly install the initrd.
>> Remaking the initrd image hasn't helped. The initramfs-tools package
>> also dates from well before the time of this problem.
>> I don't want to do a complete reinstall of jessie if I can possibly
>> avoid it, and I am not even sure that would help. I am using apt pinning
>> to to use systemv init and a complete reinstall would force *all* of
>> systemd on me.
>> Does anybody have any suggestions? Would reverting to grub legacy solve
>> the problem? I can install and remove packages using the rescue shell
>> from the debian boot usb stick and do anything else possible with the
>> CLI.
>> Regards
>> Jack
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