[frgeek-michiana] Re: Server update gone bad

IIRC. Debian server is on a true hardware PATA raid... 2 drives? IIRC,
they showed up as a standard sda to the system... Been too long to
remember correctly.

Richard


On Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 5:46 PM, Tom Brown <tbrown@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Sorry to reply so late. I've been very busy over the holiday and out of town
> for a few days.
>
> I ran 'apt-get update' using the default 'stable' sources, but that listed a
> lot of unverified packages which turned out to be Squeeze packages so I
> never started the upgrade.  After some research I realized I needed to stay
> at Lenny by changing the sources from 'stable' to 'Lenny' as stable now
> means 'squeeze'. That seemed to work as the number of unverified packages
> were very few.
>
> I don't know UUID. I'll research it at the workshop tonight.
>
> afaik, there is no data backup. I'll try booting with a rescue disk and poke
> around. As a last resort, I will pull the drives and try to read them on
> another system. I don't know yet whether the drives are SCSI, SATA, PATA or
> some combination. I believe the drives were in some sort of RAID config.
>
> Tom --
>
> Richard Zimmerman wrote:
>>
>> Reminds me since we are on the subject...
>>
>> Colo server IS LOCKED to "Lenny" and I have every intention of leaving
>> it there....
>>
>> If a new server admin takes over, his or her call then...lists
>>
>> BTW, also speaking from experience after I toasted my home server on a
>> blind 'dist-upgrade' option.... (from the Lenny to Squeeze upgrade)
>>
>> ***********************************
>> NEVER EVER USE IT AGAIN
>> ***********************************
>>
>> That BTDT thing I mentioned in the previous email also happened on my
>> home server but I got lucky and recovered it....
>>
>> Now days I **ONLY** use the 'safe-upgrade' option...
>>
>> Lessons learned the hard way about 8 months ago...
>>
>> Goose
>>
>> / Where is the old RedHat 5.2 when you want it? It was simple and 'just
>> worked'
>> // Debian Lenny is the same way. Functional and 'just works'
>> /// Why keep screwing with it...???
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Dec 24, 2011 at 7:14 PM, Richard Zimmerman <ke4rit@xxxxxxxxx>
>> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> If I'm reading it correctly. You pretty well screwed the server....
>>>
>>> The new Debian forces everything to that NOT SO wonderful UUID Crap
>>> for everything. If you then rolled back to Lenny, congrats, you own a
>>> toasted server....
>>>
>>> BTDT, you pretty screwed... That happened to me.... Happen to have a
>>> backup of the server?
>>>
>>> Goose
>>>
>>> / Happened on a server at work. FORTUNATELY, I had grab some dead
>>> hardware out of the back room and had used it so it wasn't a
>>> production server I toasted...
>>>
>>> // Left all work servers @ Lenny and have been researching finding a
>>> distro that DOES NOT use UUID. That crap is for the birds....
>>>
>>> /// Maybe force it UUID in Debian for the win!
>>>
>>> //// If I can't find a distro that doesn't use UUID, guess I'll be
>>> retiring as a server admin....
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sat, Dec 24, 2011 at 12:41 PM, Tom Brown <tbrown@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>
>>>>
>>>> Mike started a hard drive wipe too late to complete by closing time last
>>>> Thursday. I started a warehouse server update which also didn't complete
>>>> before we departed so Mike and I left the systems running with the
>>>> intention
>>>> I would stop by the warehouse today and turn off the computers.
>>>>
>>>> Mike's DBAN wipe completed so I turned off the PC. The server update
>>>> completed so I rebooted to test the update.
>>>>
>>>> When the server first tried to boot it died trying to load drivers for
>>>> hdc
>>>> or the next item after that; I couldn't tell which. I turned the server
>>>> off,
>>>> booted and got the following errors.
>>>>
>>>> ----------
>>>>
>>>> Running /scripts/inti-bottom ... mount: mounting /dev on /root/dev
>>>> failed:
>>>> No such file or directory
>>>> done
>>>> mount: mounting /sys on /root/sys failed: No such file or directory
>>>> mount: mounting /proc on /root/proc failed: No such file or directory
>>>> Target filesystem doesn't have /sbin/init.
>>>> No init found. Try passing init=bootarg.
>>>>
>>>> BusyBox v1.10.2 (Debian 1:1.10.2-2) built-in shell (ash).
>>>> Enter 'help' for a list of commands.
>>>>
>>>> /bin/sh can't access tty; job control turned off
>>>> (initramfs) __
>>>>
>>>> ----------
>>>>
>>>> A Google search didn't find anything in the first two pages of results
>>>> which
>>>> exactly applies to the problem and update back story.
>>>>
>>>> The source  lists for apt-get were set to "stable" repositories. Since
>>>> Debian advanced to v6.x 'Squeeze', stable was resulting in v6 packages
>>>> which
>>>> wouldn't verify. So I changed 'stable' to 'Lenny' (Debian v5.x) in the
>>>> sources list, and the update/upgrade sequence went much better (until I
>>>> rebooted).
>>>>
>>>> I'm not sure if there was a kernel update or not.
>>>>
>>>> The server is running RAID and possibly LVM. I seldom use either so I'm
>>>> not
>>>> well versed on either. Also, Debian uses Grub (possibly several versions
>>>> of
>>>> Grub). Grub runs on my Ubuntu 10.04 LTS netbook install, but I never
>>>> touch
>>>> it.
>>>>
>>>> Any ideas?
>>>>
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>>>
>>>
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>>>
>>> --
>>> Richard "Goose" Zimmerman, ke4rit
>>> Mishawaka, IN
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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