Subject: Re: kern/start_init()/init_main.c doesn't care for /rescue ?
To: None <>
From: Ian Zagorskih <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 07/09/2004 16:19:34
On Friday 09 July 2004 16:06, der Mouse wrote:
> >>> Ages ago, I did away with the hardwired list of init paths and
> >>> added code to prompt for a path to init either if the first attempt
> >>> to run init fails or if a boot option [...] is given.
> >>
> >> May I add that this behavior *rocks* :)) ... I saw it on a LiveCD
> >> once, really handy some time.
> >
> > lukem did this in netbsd as part of /rescue a couple of years ago.
> > see "boot -a".
> Did you perhaps miss the part where I wrote "if the first attempt to
> run init fails"?
> Based on the original grumble, it doesn't sound as though that's in
> there at present.

BTW right, when i tried to run /sbin/init and it fails due to broken libc i 
got kernel panic. Would be nice to have a possibility to walk through 
initpathes when init is found but during execution some error happens. 
Instead of just panic. Imagine, i have several valid init backup copies and 
don't have a physical access to the server so i cannot fix boot with -a.

// wbr