Re: [Vserver] gentoo guest wont start up or find anything after failed emerge

From: Chuck <>
Date: Thu 24 Nov 2005 - 01:58:45 GMT
Message-Id: <>

i just found something VERY odd (at least to me) in the emerge log.

it unmerged glibc even though the only command given it was

emerge -v mozilla-firefox-bin

and that was it. here is the log snippet

1132791518: Started emerge on: Nov 23, 2005 19:18:38
1132791519: *** emerge --verbose mozilla-firefox-bin
1132791519: >>> emerge (1 of 1) www-client/mozilla-firefox-bin-1.0.7 to /
1132791519: === (1 of 1) Cleaning
1132791529: === (1 of 1) Compiling/Merging
1132791657: === (1 of 1) Updating world file
1132791657: === (1 of 1) Post-Build Cleaning
1132791669: >>> AUTOCLEAN: www-client/mozilla-firefox-bin
1132791669: --- AUTOCLEAN: Nothing unmerged.
1132791670: ::: completed emerge (1 of 1)
www-client/mozilla-firefox-bin-1.0.7 to /
1132791670: *** Finished. Cleaning up...
1132791677: === Unmerging... (sys-libs/glibc-2.3.5-r1)
1132791764: *** terminating.
1132791764: *** terminating.

i noticed when i installed open-office-bin back in october it did the same
thing for the same version of glibc so maybe thats normal?

even more confused now.


On Wednesday 23 November 2005 08:43 pm, Chuck wrote:
> ok.. now i'm baffled. i went to emerge mozilla-firefox-bin inside my guest
> it failed. i did not copy the error but it had to do with emerge .py files.
> this guest has run well for quite a while... then nothing would work. i
> could not execute any commands all were not found including ls. cd seemed to
> be the only thing that worked. it was almost like it could not search the
> disk....after stopping the guest, i see that everything is still there and
> have content but now the guest won't start. i tried unmounting the /vservers
> partition and remounting it. same thing.
> this is an entire gentoo system running
> with util-vserver-0.30.209
> portage was mounted using defaults in the default guest fstab
> i cannot even do a chroot /vservers/davin /bin/bash as it comes back with
> chroot: cannot run command `/bin/bash': No such file or directory .. yet it
> exists where it should be and is the correct size and from the host i can
> execute the bash shell in the guest bin path just fine.
> when trying to start the guest i get the following:
> eron davin # vserver davin start
> Davin starting
> vcontext: execvp("/sbin/init"): No such file or directory
> An error occured while executing the vserver startup sequence; when
> there are no other messages, it is very likely that the init-script
> (/sbin/init) failed.
> Common causes are:
> * /etc/rc.d/rc on Fedora Core 1 and RH9 fails always; the 'apt-rpm' build
> method knows how to deal with this, but on existing installations,
> appending 'true' to this file will help.
> Failed to start vserver 'davin'
> the only other variation in this whole thing is the host did an update on
> binutils on itself which doesnt touch the files in the guest. i do not do
> updates in the guest usually and this time was no exception. i was just
> reinstalling firefox-bin ..
> puzzled/baffled
> --
> Chuck
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