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When I try to boot the system it comes up with: Code: mount: Mounting devfs on /dev failed: no such device Error opening file: ".devfsd" no such file or directory ...
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    Can't boot Gentoo 2005.0


    When I try to boot the system it comes up with:
    Code:
    mount: Mounting devfs on /dev failed: no such device
    
    Error opening file: ".devfsd" no such file or directory
    It then moans about /dev/hda9 (my Gentoo / directory) not being a valid root device - it let me try any other device (no luck) or use a very basic shell (ash I think). /dev does not appear to contain any hd*.

    It is a brand new stage three install using genkernel for the kernel. I'm ony a noob so please help!

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    Can you post your /etc/fstab?

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    I have a feeling it might be unrelated since by the look of things it can't get at the root partition anywar, but I'll have a look.

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    I mean is there is an devfs-entry in the /etc/fstab? Also, is devfs enabled in the kernel?

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    I used genkernel for the kernel so i wouldnt know. This is my /etc/fstab:
    /dev/hda7 /boot ext2 noauto,noatime 1 2
    /dev/hda9 / ext3 noatime 0 1
    /dev/hda8 none swap sw 0 0
    /dev/cdroms/cdrom0 /mnt/cdrom auto noauto,user 0 0
    none /proc proc defaults 0 0
    none /dev/shm tmpfs nodev,nosuid,noexec 0 0

    There isn't a line like u said so that might be it -what should I put plz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaboua
    I mean is there is an devfs-entry in the /etc/fstab? Also, is devfs enabled in the kernel?
    I dont have a devfs entry in my fstab
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    Actually, I don't either

    Is devfsd installed? (check with "emerge -s devfs")

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    I'll try that thanx

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    It says it isn't installed, but when i
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    emerge devfs
    it says there isn't an ebuild for it.

    Someone else told me to emerge hotplug and coldplug - i get a message saying it can't connect to the website, which is silly since I don't have an internet connection on that computer.

    Strangely, my universal cdrom says it's the minimal cdrom, which I'm pretty sure it isn't!

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    or he could be on udev and have devfs checked in the kernel that will also give this error
    and it is pretty hard to emerge anything without an inet connx unless you cp the pkg from the cd to /usr/portage/distfiles then emerge it
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