I just cloned my root partition (in anticipation of a dist-upgrade), changed lilo.conf and fstab (in the cloned partition) and ran lilo.
But alas the system won't boot from the cloned partition. I can see a few pages of unsuspicous kernel messages, then it just stops.
For some reason I tried to boot from the good partition, adding
init=/bin/sh and again the system didn't boot and stopped at the same kernel message. This made be believe that "there is something wrong with init".
So I decided to turn the tables and passed
init=/sbin/init when booting from the "bad" partition and this indeed worked - the system booted just fine.
But I don't understand what's going on here. Does anyone have an explanation for this?
Here's my lilo,conf
# Automatically added by lilo postinst script large-memory lba32 boot=/dev/sda root=/dev/sda3 install=/boot/boot.b prompt delay=30 timeout=30 vga=normal default="Linux-3.8.2" image=/boot/vmlinuz-3.8.2-ext4 root=/dev/sda3 label="Linux-3.8.2" vga=0x317 image=/boot/vmlinuz-3.8.2-ext4 root=/dev/sdd3 label="Linux-3.8.2-bak" vga=0x317
Edit: These are the kernel messages
[ 3.258242] sd 6:0:0:1: [sdf] Assuming drive cache: write through [ 3.262845] sd 6:0:0:1: [sdf] Attached SCSI removable disk
if it stops then at this point and I won't see any of these:
[ 3.490096] firewire_core 0000:07:06.0: created device fw0: GUID 00ca308600001a4d, S400 [ 3.513091] nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel. [ 3.517657] Disabling lock debugging due to kernel taint [ 3.818951] vgaarb: device changed decodes: PCI:0000:01:00.0,olddecodes=io+mem,decodes=none:owns=io+mem [ 3.823236] NVRM: loading NVIDIA UNIX x86 Kernel Module 310.40 Sun Mar 3 20:44:11 PST 2013