Subject: kern/16394: kernel panics while installing system with sysint (showstopper !)
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List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 04/17/2002 18:55:57
>Number:         16394
>Category:       kern
>Synopsis:       kernel panics while installing system with sysint (showstopper !)
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       critical
>Priority:       high
>Responsible:    kern-bug-people
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Apr 17 09:57:00 PDT 2002
>Originator:     Reinoud Zandijk
>Release:        NetBSD 1.5ZC
System: NetBSD ismaelda 1.5ZC NetBSD 1.5ZC (RPC_WSCONS) #0: Wed Apr 17 00:51:00 CEST 2002 imago@starbuck.kasbah:/usr/tmp/acorn32-alpha/obj/sys/arch/acorn32/compile/RPC_WSCONS acorn32
Architecture: arm
Machine: acorn32
When installing y/days -current snapshot on my Acorn RiscPC (arch/acorn32, ARM 7,
IDE discs on onboard IDE controller) using sysinst, the kernel reproducably
panics at the same point giving `panic : bad dir' at the /mnt/usr partition
stopping in `passwd' (even at the same inode!). When i stop the process just
before this `passwd' is executed i.e. in the question before, run a sync and
continue all is well and the installation proceeds without problems and is
sane after a shutdown.

It looks to me that the partions are dismounted and remounted and for some
reason the partitions/the filingsystem is not synced and thus somehow
loosing information ? i.e. the filingsystems after the panic are completely
trashed..... and you need a clean reinstall again.

Build a -current installation set and boot its installation kernel. Just
install to the end... it will panic.

Stop the sysinst in the question before the `passwd' setting and type `sync'
and continue installing.... all goes well.