[CentOS] Kernel-2.6.9-42.0.2EL fails to boot after upgrade toCentOS 4.4

William L. Maltby CentOS4Bill at triad.rr.com
Sat Sep 2 17:41:24 UTC 2006

On Sat, 2006-09-02 at 12:08 -0500, Gerald Waugh wrote:
> > >   
> ><snip>

> It's a Tyan GS14 Celeron D 2.53GHz
> My console output reads (in-part)
> ata1: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0x30D0 ctl 0x30C6 bmdma 0x3090 irq 10
> ata2: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0x30C8 ctl 0x30C2 bmdma 0x3098 irq 10
> ata1: dev 0 ATA-7, max UDMA/133, 234441648 sectors: LBA48
> ata1: qc timeout (cmd 0xef)
> ata1: failed to set xfermode (err_mask=0x4)
> scsi0 : ata_piix
> ata2: SATA port has no device.
> scsi1 : ata_piix
> Loading dm-mod.ko module
> device-mapper: 4.5.0-ioctl (2005-10-04) initialised: dm-devel at redhat.com
> Loading jbd.ko module
> Loading ext3.ko module
> Loading dm-mirror.ko module
> Loading dm-zero.ko module
> Loading dm-snapshot.ko module
> Making device-mapper control node
> Scanning logical volumes
>   RKernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!

I've seen this before... while developing my fallback procedure. If my
brain was younger...

>   eading all physi cal volumes.  This may take a while...
>     No volume groups found
>     Activating logical volumes
>       Volume group "VolGroup00" not found
>       ERROR: /bin/lvm exited abnormally! (pid 318)

I don't use sata (yet) or raid or jbod but this sure sounds like the
initrd problem I encountered. Boot into rescue mode and do a pvscan --

In *my* case, I had to make my fallback volume a different volume group.
Trying to boot, it seems there is a hard-coded VolGroup00/LogVol00 in
the init file in the initrd. It is on an ignorelockingfailure. I edited
that file remade my initrd, did grub-install and all worked.

Does you /etc/fstab show the full /VolGorup or /dev/mapper by any
chance? Maybe it's not VolGroup00?

Anyway, I don't know why yours would be different, but I hoped this
might be a clue.

> Gerald
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