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Date:	Wed, 31 Jan 2007 18:36:35 -0800 (PST)
From:	Linus Torvalds <>
To:	S.ÃaÄlar Onur <>
cc:	lkml <>, Andrew Morton <>
Subject: Re: Linux 2.6.20-rc7

On Thu, 1 Feb 2007, S.ÃaÄlar Onur wrote:
> For me, both 2.6.20-rc6 and 2.6.20-rc7 fails while booting with initramfs 
> (initramfs that uses busybox) with "request_module: runaway loop modprobe 
> binfmt-0000" error. 

That _usually_ just means that /sbin/modprobe is corrupt, or compiled with 
a binfmt that itself needs a module to load.

Are you 100% certain that you didn't just happen to put an /sbin/modprobe 
into your initramfs that happens to be a.out, with a.out being modular? Or 
something similarly silly?

Actually, with that "binfmt-0000", I guess the most likely thing is a 
corrupt /sbin/modprobe that isn't a valid binfmt format at all (but the 
kernel won't know the difference between a missing binfmt thing and an 
invalid one). It has bytes 2/3 being zero, which is neither ELF nor 
a.out, methinks.

BUT! If that's not it, doing a "git bisect" to figure out exactly what 
triggered it would be a wonderful idea..


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