cant open /dev/hda

Michael Tautschnig michael.tautschnig at
Tue Feb 28 10:39:49 CET 2006

> Hi all,
> I'm new to FAI so please bear with me.
> I'm trying to install etch with FAI with nfsroot and PXE booting.
> the kernel boots but stops at the partitioning of disks, the following 
> appears in fai.log:
> sfdisk: cannot open /dev/hda for reading
> /dev/hda: no such file or directory
> But I get lines like this in the kernel.log
> <4>hda: attached ide-disk driver.
> <6>hda: 160086528 sectors (81964 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=158816/16/63, 
> UDMA(100)
> <6>Partition check:
> <6> hda: [PTBL] [9964/255/63] hda1 hda2 hda3
> I've tried a number of the fai kernel versions with similar results.
> any suggestions ?
> if more logs are needed please tell me, didnt want to spam the list

Which fai-version are you using? Most likely you are missing the udev-Package in
your NFSROOT (and thus there is no such file/device as hda in your /dev


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