unable to open an initial console

Lawrence O'Sullivan lawrence.osullivan at 141.com
Fri Nov 8 14:56:47 PST 2002

I may have come across the problem, but don't know how to resolve it. 

df reports that the lfs partition is 705M and 701M used with no free space.
However, fdisk shows the partition as being 2G. Starts at 1701 ends at 1980  and has 2071408+ blocks.

Is there anyway to get the rest of the free space recognized, or do I have to repartion and start over?

10/30/2002 3:41:46 AM, Greg Schafer <gschafer at zip.com.au> wrote:

>On Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 01:04:26AM -0600, Lawrence O'Sullivan wrote:
>> The .config is attached. Frame buffers are not set. Although the original distribution does use frame 
>> buffers this should work without them, no?
>> Thanks for taking the time to help. 
>A word of warning. The last time I tried to help someone with a similar
>problem to yours, I was unable to solve it despite trying for days!
>Ok, I've diffed your .config against mine. Nothing sticks out as being
>obviously wrong.  Might be worth enabling MTRR and RTC but this is not
>related to your prob. Machine is a laptop yes? I'm not sure whether
>any other special options are req'd for a laptop.
>Things to try:-
> - try booting kernel with command line arg   init=/bin/bash
>   (I don't use LILO anymore and cannot remember the keystrokes but I think
>    it's something like  "shift" then "tab" which should stop you at the
>    lilo prompt. From there, it should be something like  "LFS init=/bin/bash"
> - try re-installing kernel ensuring to rerun lilo!
> - try using GRUB instead. You can do this without upsetting your current LILO
>   arrangement by installing GRUB on a floppy and try booting from there. There
>   is a grub hint available but a quick cheat sheet should be something like:-
>     - install like any other package (./configure --prefix=/usr && make &&
>       make install)
>     - insert floppy diskette
>     - cd /usr/share/grub/i386-pc && dd if=stage1 of=/dev/fd0 bs=512 count=1 &&
>       dd if=stage2 of=/dev/fd0 bs=512 seek=1
>     - boot from floppy
>     - kernel (hd0,8)/boot/lfskernel root=/dev/hda9 init=/bin/bash
> - try blowing away your $LFS/dev dir and recreating from scratch (ensuring
>   /proc is mounted before doing so and also ensuring to reinstall the
>   sysvinit package).
>Thats all I can think of for now. Good luck!
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