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Bug 370819 - LiveDVD 11.0 nox option causes init respawn
Summary: LiveDVD 11.0 nox option causes init respawn
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Release Media
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LiveCD/DVD (show other bugs)
Hardware: x86 Linux
: Normal major (vote)
Assignee: Team Anniversary
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-06-09 14:38 UTC by Gil Kloepfer
Modified: 2013-03-08 04:07 UTC (History)
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Description Gil Kloepfer 2011-06-09 14:38:29 UTC
LiveDVD 11.0 (livedvd-x86-amd64-32ul-11.0.iso), using "nox" option causes init to infinitely respawn with messages like:

INIT: Id "c3" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
(repeated for all consoles)

Normal shell prompt on console never appears.

I used the following processes to trigger this bug:

1.  Booted LiveDVD
2.  Selected gentoo-nofb <tab>
3.  Added options "nox nosound nodhcp" to the end  (see also bug 316817)
4.  System goes through boot process, and after "* Starting local ...", it pauses, and begins displaying the messages from INIT.

Without looking more carefully at the LiveDVD, my guess is that it is trying to start X (even though I said "nox" but I could be wrong).

I won't repeat my rant in bug 316817 in its entirety, but I would like to make the following additional comment:  Someone (probably several people) obviously put a lot of work into making the Gentoo LiveDVD pretty with a fully-functioning X environment.  I don't want to lessen the work you did, but that is just not what I'm looking to have when I use this tool.  I like the idea that it is there, but when I am doing installs or quick testing, I don't want X in my way (and X doesn't run on a serial console, nor does anything using the frame buffer).
Comment 1 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev 2011-06-09 15:07:48 UTC
I understand the issue, but why are you using a 2.5GB dvd when you can use the 140MB cd that is designed for "quick installs"?
Comment 2 Gil Kloepfer 2011-06-09 16:18:50 UTC
(In reply to comment #1)
> I understand the issue, but why are you using a 2.5GB dvd when you can use the
> 140MB cd that is designed for "quick installs"?

Short answer:

livecd ~ # vi
-bash: vi: command not found

That's a serious inconvenience (all I need is nvi, not even vim!), but I also understand that if you're trying to make a small, lean, install CD, you can't have everyone's favorite editor.

When I'm doing testing (what I'd do with a LiveCD other than a system build), there were a few other utilities that I cannot recall offhand that are not on the install CD iso.  After looking at the install media again, I'll probably struggle along with nano until I can figure out how to make my own LiveCD.  It would be nice, though, to be able to use what is already there without the need to reinvent the wheel.
Comment 3 Jeremy Olexa (darkside) (RETIRED) archtester gentoo-dev Security 2011-06-09 16:29:27 UTC
(In reply to comment #2)

> Short answer:
> livecd ~ # vi
> -bash: vi: command not found

Off topic, I apologize. Is "busybox vi" not an option?
Comment 4 Fernando (likewhoa) 2013-03-08 04:07:00 UTC
try latest livedvd, also see comment #3 for livecd usage of vi.