[LiveCD Trac] #1638: LiveCD fails, Hanging at "Starting init..."

LiveCD Trac trac at linuxfromscratch.org
Sat Mar 11 22:23:40 PST 2006

#1638: LiveCD fails, Hanging at "Starting init..."
 Reporter:  Pete at drunkpian.org.uk  |        Owner:  jhuntwork at linuxfromscratch.org
     Type:  defect                 |       Status:  new                           
 Priority:  high                   |    Milestone:  6.2                           
Component:  CD                     |      Version:  x86-6.1.1-3                   
 Severity:  normal                 |   Resolution:                                
 Keywords:  init unionfs           |  
Comment (by alexander at linuxfromscratch.org):

 Please verify that the statements below correctly identify the state of
 the problem.

  1. 6.1.1-X (X>=2) fails to boot on some old computers
  2. 6.1.1-1 (which, by mistake, contains a 2.6.12.x kernel) also fails to
  3. 6.2-preX seems to fix (or hide) the problem for people with unbootable
 6.1.1-X CDs
  4. disabling /sbin/hotplug seems to help
  5. replacing unionfs with a bind mount while keeping everything as on the
 original CD doesn't get past "Starting init..."
  6. switching to dm (which, basically, contanis the same init but no
 unionfs) doesn't help
  7. the problem is reproducible even with a shell-based init, see
 archives/livecd/2006-March/003179.html. Need to verify, since Brandon made
 too many typos during this simple task, and this result is, therefore, not
  8. There is a different kind of hang with LiteOn drive here, solved by
 disabling DMA and waiting 5 minutes for the kernel to recognize the broken
 CD-ROM drive.

 Points 5 and 6 rule out unionfs as the cause of this bug. Point 7 seems to
 rule out the binary init. Point 4 seems to suggest some kind of OOM
 situation or filesystem/block layer stress.

Ticket URL: <http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/livecd/ticket/1638>
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