init panic in freebsd 7.1

Polytropon freebsd at
Sun Mar 29 11:49:27 PDT 2009

On Sun, 29 Mar 2009 14:23:13 -0400, Tsu-Fan Cheng <tfcheng at> wrote:
> init: not found in path /sbin/.... (a lot of paths)
> panic: no init
> what is that??

The init process is the "root" of the FreeBSD startup, and the last
part of the OS loader cannot find it, so the OS cannot start.

You can use a live system CD of FreeBSD (6, 7) or FreeSBIE to boot
the system with this CD, it should work. Then you can mount your
/ partition and check the existance of init which usually is
/sbin/init. Don't forget to fsck the hard disk, maybe due to the
failing power supply you had some damages on the hard disk (file-wise),
or even worse...

>From Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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