rescuing system after MBR overwrite; root on EVM-ed ReiserFS / root on standalone ext3

Thomas Kaiser thomas at
Thu Mar 17 22:16:59 UTC 2005

What I forgot to mention. Here is good guide about grub:

Posted in an other threat on this list.

Regards, Thomas

Shot (Piotr Szotkowski) wrote:
> Hello.
> I have to reinstall the Windows partition on my laptop, but this
> will overwrite the Master Boot Record. Thinking it's better to be
> safe than sorry I tested the scenario on my spare machine: Windows
> goes to /dev/hda1, Ubuntu Hoary Preview to /dev/hda{2,6,7,8,...}
> (the multipartiton setup), all partitions ReiserFS, all on EVM.
> After some googling I reinstalled Windows on /dev/hda1, booted from
> the Hoary Preview with `rescue root=/dev/hda2` and got kernel panic:
> VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem).
> VFS: Cannot open root device "hda2" or unknown-block(0,0)
> Please append a correct "root=" boot option
> Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)
> which is not really surprising as the kernel looks for a standalone
> root on ext2, but there's only an EVM-ed root on ReiserFS.
> Thus, I have a couple of questions:
> My testing machine's case: As far as I understand, I need a CD with
> a rescue kernel with compiled in (not just as a module) EVM support
> and ReiserFS support. Do you know about such a rescue CD?
> My laptop's case: It currently runs Debian sid (but will run Hoary in
> near future, after I sort out this Windows reinstall), and has root on
> a standalone ext3 partition (other partitions are on LVM). Do you know
> about a rescue CD with support for an ext3 root? Do I get it right
> thinking this kernel doesn't have to have LVM support (with the root
> partition not being on LVM)?
> In either case: what parameters should I pass at the
> boot prompt for the rescue kernel to do its magic?
> Cheers,
> -- Shot

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