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I have a Dell Inspiron 5523, which has two drives. One is an HDD (call it sda) and one an SSD (call it sdb). My system is dual boot UEFI with a large part of it being Windows 8 (around 332GB) and a the rest Linux Mint (72GB).

My system had a swap space on sdb and on sda I have two partitions: sda9 has all the system files and sda10 has the home folder files. Recently, I wanted to pass some space from sda9 to sda10 because the first was set up with 60GB and the second with only 7.7GB. So I used gparted live CD and moved 30 GB from sda9 to sda10.

After the procedure finished with no problem, when rebooting again and choosing the Linux Mint Cinammon option, I got a kernel panic printing the following:

Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init! exitcode:0x00007f00

CPU: 2 PID: 1 Comm: sh Not tainted 3.16.0-38-generic #52~14.04.1-Ubuntu

Call Trace:
dump_stack +0x45/0x56
panic+0xc8/0x1fc
do_exit+0xa57/0xa60
do_group_exit+0x3f/0xa0
SyS_exit_group+0x14/0x20
System_call_fastpath+0x1a/0x1f


Kernel Offset: 0x0 from 0xffffffff81000000 (relocation range: 0xffffffff80000000-0xffffffffbfffffff)
drm_kms_helper: panic ocurred, switching back to text console

I have tried to fix grub with grub repair but after successfully doing that I've seen no change (the error stays the same).

When trying to boot manually following these instructions, I get the following error:

Targeted filesystem doesn't have requested /sbin/init.
/bin/sh: 0: can't access tty: Job control turned off
#

Note that when I write ls on the GRUB command line, I get partitions in the form of (hd0,gpt9) -> sda9

  • Try booting from a live CD and then post the output of sudo parted -l. I am guessing your partitions have been renamed. – terdon Nov 22 '15 at 16:38
  • Mount your filesystems from a livecd and see if they are intact. Either your root fs got corrupted, or it is no longer assigned the same partition number, and you have grub configured to refer to it by partition number, rather than by uuid. – psusi Nov 22 '15 at 18:51
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mint@mint ~ $ sudo parted -l Model: ATA ST500LT012-9WS14 (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 500GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B Partition Table: gpt Number Start End Size File system Name Flags 1 1049kB 525MB 524MB fat32 EFI system partition boot 2 525MB 567MB 41.9MB fat32 Basic data partition hidden 3 567MB 701MB 134MB Microsoft reserved partition msftres 4 701MB 1226MB 524MB ntfs Basic data partition hidden, diag 5 1226MB 395GB 394GB ntfs Basic data partition msftdata 8 395GB 395GB 1049kB fat32 boot 9 395GB 421GB 26.0GB ext4 boot 10 421GB 487GB 65.3GB ext4 6 487GB 487GB 473MB ntfs hidden, diag 7 487GB 500GB 13.0GB ntfs Microsoft recovery partition hidden, diag

Model: ATA LITEONIT LMT-32L (scsi) Disk /dev/sdb: 32.0GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition Table: gpt Number Start End Size File system Name Flags 1 1049kB 8589MB 8588MB Basic data partition 2 8589MB 9613MB 1024MB linux-swap(v1) 3 9614MB 22.1GB 12.5GB fat32 msftdata Warning: Unable to open /dev/sr0 read-write (Read-only file system). /dev/sr0 has been opened read-only. Error: Can't have a partition outside the disk!

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Sounds to me to be an overlapping partition or a different kernel from the wrong partition loading

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