[nSLUG] grub-pc unable to install initrd

D G Teed donald.teed at gmail.com
Mon Aug 8 05:29:51 ADT 2016

I didn't see email from Jack to myself nor the list in response other than
this email below.

On Sun, Aug 7, 2016 at 5:23 PM, Jack Warkentin <jwark at bellaliant.net> wrote:

> Hi Frank
> I don't think that was the problem. See my reply to Donald Teed on the
> same topic.
> Regards
> Jack
> 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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