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By James T. Dennis, tag@lists.linuxgazette.net
Starshine Technical Services, http://www.starshine.org/

(?) Unable to Open Console: After "Custom" Install

From Bob Miller on Thu, 04 Feb 1999

(?) This sounds more like the kernel is being told to use the wrong partition for root than a package problem.

(!) That would be in the category of "There's no /dev/ directory with the proper tty* nodes available."
Either of these would cause the problem. As I recall I recommended booting from floppy, checking the filesystem that he was trying to mount as root. If that is inconsistent with his kernel's 'rdev' or his /etc/lilo.conf parameters --- it would explain the problem
Another, more convoluted possibility is that he has a problem with his 'initrd' image (if he's using an initial RAMDisk to store and load some of his critical device drivers).
Hopefully he's worked it out. I realize my response might not have been all that clear. Sometimes I have to beat it back and forth with a correspondent a couple of times before I "get it" --- sometimes that has more to do with sleep deprivation than with technical background or communications failures.

Copyright © 1999, James T. Dennis
Published in The Linux Gazette Issue 38 March 1999

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