[Techtalk] booting a diskless client

Maria McKinley maria at shadlen.org
Mon Sep 29 20:35:19 UTC 2008

Hello there,

I am trying to boot a machine over the network, and it gets as far as 
looking for /sbin/init, and then I get a kernel panic.

I know that it is mounting the root directory, because if I eliminate 
the directory /sys, it complains that it cannot mount sys. I know that 
the file init exists in the root directory, and works with the server.

nina:~# file /tftpboot/oscar/sbin/init
/tftpboot/oscar/sbin/init: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, x86-64, version 1 
(SYSV), dynamically linked (uses shared libs), for GNU/Linux 2.6.8, stripped

nina:~# ls -lh /tftpboot/oscar/sbin/init
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 37K 2008-09-29 13:32 /tftpboot/oscar/sbin/init
nina:~# ls -lh /sbin/init
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 37K 2008-08-12 07:20 /sbin/init

I don't understand why it believes that /sbin/init isn't there!

Any advice would be awesome.


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