50066Re: [linux] kernel question
- May 23, 2005On 2005-05-23 14:24 -0000, jesserlynch@... wrote:
> The boot directory does still contain vmlinuz-2.4.24 (which came fromFrom what you have told, it looks that way. It's hard to tell about
> the original Linspire install) and init-2.4.24.gz
> It also contains init-2.4.24.gz.new, init-2.4.24.gz.old and
> So do I have a kernel installed?
any necessary kernel modules, though.
> And if I reboot my machine will IIf you don't have a kernel installed, it cannot panic. The boot loader
> avoid a "kernel panic" message and have a successful reboot even
> though I can't find any installed debian package in synaptic named
can and most likely will fail, however.
Kernel panics occur when the running kernel encounters a situation it
cannot handle, such as a missing init binary or null pointer
dereference. (In user-land applications the latter kind of mistakes
cause a segmentation fault, but the kernel does not have that
You want to check to make sure that the kernel image pointed to by
your boot loader (in LILO, that's the image= directive) exists, and
that the modules (if any) are still around under
/lib/modules/`uname -r`. If that is the case, you have a complete (as
in working) kernel installation. However, if you are missing critical
system packages such as module-init-tools, coreutils or the likes,
your system might not boot anyway. The kernel is only one part of a
working GNU/Linux system. Take a look at the Linux From Scratch book
if you don't believe me...
Michael Kjörling, michael@... - http://michael.kjorling.com/
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