mkroot: label / not found

Terry Polzin fox3ec208 at
Wed Nov 9 20:56:37 UTC 2005

On Wednesday 09 November 2005 03:25 pm, fneira at wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> This morning I was working normally on my HP PIV PC with FC4. FC has been
> installed and working without trouble for a couple of months. Hardware has
> not been modified. I was running KDE and suddenly everything stopped
> working.
> Then I rebooted the PC and got the following messages:
> mkrootdev: label / not found
> mount: error 2 mounting ext3
> ERROR opening /dev/console !!!!: 2
> error dup2'ing fd of 0 to 0
> error dup2'ing fd of 0 to 1
> error dup2'ing fd of 0 to 2
> switchroot: mount failed: 22
> Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
> I am im big trouble trying to recover my own workstation and a lot of
> locally archived email messages :-(
> I had been googling with any luck. Any suggestions will be highly
> appreciated. Pardon my English since it is not my native language.
Sounds like you lost the label on your boot partition.
Boot from CD into rescue mode and use e2fslabel to label the partition or 
change the root= to use /dev/hdx in grub.
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