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Thread: Ubuntu Precise - stuck update-initramfs

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Ubuntu Precise - stuck update-initramfs

    I'm having a problem with a stuck update-initramfs process on a server. This is a 32-bit system running ubuntu precise beta server.

    It's been running fine so far,but this morning while doing an apt-get dist-upgrade, the process got stuck on:

    update-initramfs: deferring update (hook will be called later)
    Examining /etc/kernel/postinst.d.
    run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/initramfs-tools 3.2.0-20-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-20-generic
    update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-20-generic
    It'll sit like this for hours if I let it. I've interrupted the process but of course that puts me in "dpkg --configure -a" hell, and running that only puts me in the same stuck spot.

    Also attempted to run sudo update-initramfs -u on its own, to no avail. For (hopefully) obvious reasons, I've not dared a reboot.

    What I'd like to do, if I can, is get update-initramfs into a state where it no longer wants to generate /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-20-generic and hopefully, not get stuck in this process. Is there a way to do this?
    Last edited by tubezninja; March 22nd, 2012 at 08:35 PM.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Magic City of the Plains
    Kubuntu Development Release

    Re: Ubuntu Precise - stuck update-initramfs

    Moved to Ubuntu +1 (Precise Pangolin).

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