Kernel Panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!

Sebastian Siewior linuxppc-embedded at
Thu Apr 10 18:50:30 EST 2008

* Sreen Tallam | 2008-04-09 19:07:01 [-0700]:

>VFS: Mounted root (jffs2 filesystem) readonly.
>Freeing unused kernel memory: 156k init
>Warning: unable to open an initial console.
>init/main.c -- 819
>init/main.c -- 821
>init/main.c -- 844
>init/main.c -- 704 -- /sbin/tallam_init<0>Kernel panic - not syncing:
>Attempted to kill init!
>Call Trace:
>[C3FE7E60] [C0006D98]  (unreliable)
>[C3FE7EA0] [C001F150]
>[C3FE7EF0] [C0023630]
>[C3FE7F30] [C0023734]
>[C3FE7F40] [C000DBC0]
> <0>Rebooting in 180 seconds..

This looks like you are missing /dev/console and probably /dev/null. You
need atleast those two nodes in your rootfs if you are using udev. You
will need a static /dev if you don't use udev/mdev.


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