SUMMARY: can't invoke /etc/init, error 8

From: Mitarbeiter EM C14 (
Date: Fri Dec 10 1993 - 12:34:19 CST

Thanks a lot for the fast reply to:

stern@sunrise.East.Sun.COM (Hal Stern - NE Area Systems Engineer)
Mitchum DSouza (Zdenek Dospisil (AARM1A)) (Jerry Springer)

First suggestion was to look in /usr/include/sys/errno.h.
It has all the system return error codes.
Error 8: Basically it is saying that your binary is unrecogonized
for execution - i.e. the magic (header) is corrupt. "Exec format error",
usually returned when you try to execute
a non-executable. /etc/init should be a link to ../sbin/init.
Or it looks like someone messed with /sbin/sh. if you can't invoke
init, it maybe that you don't have a shell in which it can
get spawned.
Second suggestion was to check all executables with "cmp" or "sum -r"
that version of the binaries and the ones on the other disk.

==== Joerg Bruchertseifer

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