Boot trouble

Alp Timurhan Çevik atcevik at
Thu Nov 13 08:41:20 UTC 2008


I am a newbie having trouble booting. The system was booting fine, but after
some updates and a reset, the booting could not be completed, the error
message is

Target filesystem doesnt have /sbin/init
/bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off

One of the problems is, the cpu is not a standard one, and the device is a
thin client, which has storage on compact flash and no cd rom. I have usb
access. The chipset is via eden.

The system has busybox running on it.

su does not work, nor most of the commands, just does not recognize, I am
able to run just the busybox commands.

After the startup fails, I have a root directory in which I can see my
original files, so yes, the system does see the cf. The files in it are read

looking at the fstab file, I see that it is empty, only has the
#UNCONFIGURED FSTAB FOR BASE SYSTEM statement, also is the backup fstab.

Thus, what I guess is I need is to reconstruct the fstab, which should be
far from standart, as there is a compact flash involved, manually setting it
may not work.

Do you have any suggestions ?

Thank you.
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