Kernel panic – not syncing: Attempted to kill init! ” Error

If you get kernel panic after system reboot…dont panic just follow the steps as shown below :
1. Once you are at the grub screen, press c for command line.
2. On command line execute the following commands.
find /grub/stage2
find /etc/hosts

This will provide you the boot partition & the root partition nos. in the format (hd0,2) etc
If the root partition & boot partitions are same then execute the following commands.
root (hd0,2)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-kernel version ro root=/dev/hda3
initrd /boot/initrd-version

if the boot & root partitions are different then replace the root=/dev/hda3 with the value you get for root partition i.e. if you get (hd0,5) then replace the value with /dev/hda6.
If you still get the kernel panic message, recreate the initrd image using the mkinitrd command.


About Manish Jha

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in Iono,Inc as Cloud Solutions Architect. I have around 8 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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