[nSLUG] grub-pc unable to install initrd

Jack Warkentin jwark at bellaliant.net
Mon Aug 8 10:56:42 ADT 2016


Hi Donald and Frank

My wife called me to dinner last night when I was half way through the 
message. You should have received it now.

Jack

D G Teed wrote:
> 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
> <mailto: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
>         <mailto: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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