What to do when Ubuntu boots into Busybox CLI?

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Tue Mar 11 19:02:52 UTC 2008

On 11/03/2008, Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11/03/2008, Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at gmail.com> wrote:
>  > On 11/03/2008, Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:
>  >  > On 09/03/2008, Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at gmail.com> wrote:
>  >  >  > What should one do when booting Ubuntu gets the Busybox CLI screen?
>  >  >
>  >  > Are you sure it's Busybox and not a vanilla Bash shell?
>  >
>  >
>  > It clearly says Busybox. I've never heard of busybox before this incident.
> It's a very small all-in-one shell replacement that also includes a
>  large number of what are normally external commands. It's often used
>  in embedded Linux and distros intended to boot from a single floppy
>  and things like that: very resource-constrained installations, in
>  other words. I had no idea the Ubuntu install used it, though!

Yes, I discovered that's what is it by googling it. It has all the
commands in a single program, saving overhead. In some commands, the
overhead can apparently be over 80% of the program.

>  > I did mean irqpoll. Freud would have something wise to say about that
>  >  slip, I'm sure.
> :¬) Just checking. I'm sure that "ircpoll" wouldn't help very much.

irqpoll didn't help much, either :)

>  Just out of interest, I've found that on at least one recalcitrant
>  system, "acpi=force" worked better than "acpi=off" or "noacpi".
>  Compelling the kernel to enable it on an elderly BIOS, rather than
>  forcing it to be disabled, got Ubuntu 7.04 to at least boot.

I will try that, thanks.

Dotan Cohen


A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

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