Gutsy Upgrade problem

Rick Knight rick_knight at
Tue Mar 18 18:23:05 UTC 2008

I've looked just about everywhere else. Hoping someone here can help me.

I upgraded from Feisty to Gutsy. I had one
problem in the upgrade and had to abort (upgrade install hung at 2% for 
over 2 hours) . I completed the upgrade in a
terminal with these commands...

sudo apt-get --configure -a
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Th upgraded completed successfully. When I rebooted there was a long
delay at the splash screen then this...

Check root= bootarg cat /proc/cmdline or missing modules,devices: cat
/proc/modules ls /dev

ALERT! /dev/disk/by-uuid/(boot disk uuid) does not exist. Dropping to a

Then I get the Busy Box banner and prompt


I've used blkid to verify the uuid is correct. I've edited
/boot/grub/menu.lst and /etc/fstab to use drive path (/dev/hdb5 &
/dev/sdb5) instead of uuid. I also modified /etc/initramfs-tools/modules
and added these lines (from a post at Launchpad)...

# added for support of older, standard hdx drives

# black-list bad driver

# prevent unnecessary modules from loading (optional)
blacklist ata_generic
blacklist libata
blacklist scsi_mod

I then ran...

sudo initramfs-tools -u 2.6.22-14-generic

to rebuild the init image.

I have also removed and re-installed the kernel image (while booted into 
my Feisty kernel) but that, too did not work.
So far nothing has worked. I still boot to a busy box prompt with a 
message indicating my hard drives can't be found.

I am able to boot to my Feisty kernel without any problems.

I really DO NOT want to have to reformat my PC to solve this upgrade 

These symptoms are identical to launchpad bug #190588. I've added a 
comment to that bug report, but the report is over a month old and is 
still un-assigned and has no importance attached to it.

Rick Knight

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