init does not run on 405GP system

Bill Fink billfink at
Wed Jun 11 16:22:15 EST 2003

On Wed, 11 Jun 2003, Robert Schwebel wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 10, 2003 at 11:21:57PM -0400, Bill Fink wrote:
> > This is probably not the issue, but you do have CONFIG_BINFMT_ELF
> > enabled in the kernel, don't you (although I would assume you would
> > get some kind of kernel error message when you tried to exec /sbin/init
> > if CONFIG_BINFMT_ELF wasn't enabled).
> The option is always defined y for PowerPC, you cannot deselect it. But
> I've checked it anyway ;)

One other simple thing to try if you haven't already is the kernel
boot parameter init=/bin/bash.  Also make sure any necessary shared
libraries are available at boot time.  On my system:

gwiz% ldd /sbin/init => /lib/ (0x0fea0000)
        /lib/ => /lib/ (0x30000000)

Also on my system:

gwiz% strings - /sbin/init | grep '^/'

Your system may be slightly different.  Perhaps the absence of one of
these may cause init to die (although not all of them exist even on my


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