here, but cannot see any unusual.

just cleaned up some dead *.old symlinks and refreshed symlinks in / before creating the initrd with unstable yaird,
but I doubt that could be the failure reason.

tom3:~# apt-get dist-upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
The following packages will be upgraded:
linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686
3 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/23.3MB of archives.
After unpacking 73.7kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
Reading package fields... Done
Reading package status... Done
Retrieving bug reports... Done
Parsing Found/Fixed information... Done
Preconfiguring packages ...
(Reading database ... 110830 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5 (using .../linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686_2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6_i386.deb) ...
The directory /lib/modules/2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 still exists. Continuing as directed.
Done.
Unpacking replacement linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 ...
Running postrm hook script /usr/sbin/update-grub.
Searching for GRUB installation directory ... found: /boot/grub
Searching for default file ... found: /boot/grub/default
Testing for an existing GRUB menu.lst file ... found: /boot/grub/menu.lst
Searching for splash image ... none found, skipping ...
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686
Updating /boot/grub/menu.lst ... done

Preparing to replace linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5 (using .../linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686_2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 ...
Preparing to replace linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5 (using .../linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common_2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common ...
Setting up linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 (2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6) ...
Running depmod.
Finding valid ramdisk creators.
Using mkinitramfs-kpkg to build the ramdisk.
Not updating initrd symbolic links since we are being updated/reinstalled
(2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5 was configured last, according to dpkg)
Not updating image symbolic links since we are being updated/reinstalled
(2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5 was configured last, according to dpkg)
Running postinst hook script /usr/sbin/update-grub.
Searching for GRUB installation directory ... found: /boot/grub
Searching for default file ... found: /boot/grub/default
Testing for an existing GRUB menu.lst file ... found: /boot/grub/menu.lst
Searching for splash image ... none found, skipping ...
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686
Updating /boot/grub/menu.lst ... done


Setting up linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common (2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6) ...
Setting up linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 (2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6) ...
tom3:~#
tom3:~#
tom3:~# reboot


2008-10-17 11:17:54 upgrade linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:17:54 status half-configured linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5
2008-10-17 11:18:03 status unpacked linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5
2008-10-17 11:18:04 status half-installed linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5
2008-10-17 11:18:49 status half-installed linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5
2008-10-17 11:19:04 status unpacked linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:19:12 status unpacked linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:19:12 upgrade linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:19:12 status half-configured linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5
2008-10-17 11:19:12 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5
2008-10-17 11:19:12 status half-installed linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5
2008-10-17 11:19:29 status half-installed linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5
2008-10-17 11:19:31 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:19:32 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:19:35 upgrade linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:19:35 status half-configured linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5
2008-10-17 11:19:37 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5
2008-10-17 11:19:37 status half-installed linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5
2008-10-17 11:19:58 status half-installed linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.5
2008-10-17 11:20:01 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:20:02 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:20:11 status unpacked linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:20:11 status half-configured linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:23:06 status installed linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:23:07 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:23:07 status half-configured linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:23:07 status installed linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-common 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:23:07 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:23:07 status half-configured linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 11:23:07 status installed linux-headers-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 13:24:01 install linux-image-2.6.18-6-686 2.6.18.dfsg.1-22etch3
2008-10-17 13:24:01 status half-installed linux-image-2.6.18-6-686 2.6.18.dfsg.1-22etch3
2008-10-17 13:24:36 status unpacked linux-image-2.6.18-6-686 2.6.18.dfsg.1-22etch3
2008-10-17 13:24:36 status unpacked linux-image-2.6.18-6-686 2.6.18.dfsg.1-22etch3
2008-10-17 13:24:37 install linux-image-2.6-686 2.6.18+6etch3
2008-10-17 13:24:37 status half-installed linux-image-2.6-686 2.6.18+6etch3
2008-10-17 13:24:37 status unpacked linux-image-2.6-686 2.6.18+6etch3
2008-10-17 13:24:37 status unpacked linux-image-2.6-686 2.6.18+6etch3
2008-10-17 13:24:45 status unpacked linux-image-2.6.18-6-686 2.6.18.dfsg.1-22etch3
2008-10-17 13:24:45 status half-configured linux-image-2.6.18-6-686 2.6.18.dfsg.1-22etch3
2008-10-17 13:26:32 status installed linux-image-2.6.18-6-686 2.6.18.dfsg.1-22etch3
2008-10-17 13:26:32 status unpacked linux-image-2.6-686 2.6.18+6etch3
2008-10-17 13:26:32 status half-configured linux-image-2.6-686 2.6.18+6etch3
2008-10-17 13:26:32 status installed linux-image-2.6-686 2.6.18+6etch3
2008-10-17 13:49:36 upgrade initramfs-tools 0.92e 0.92j
2008-10-17 13:49:36 status half-configured initramfs-tools 0.92e
2008-10-17 13:49:36 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92e
2008-10-17 13:49:36 status half-installed initramfs-tools 0.92e
2008-10-17 13:49:37 status half-installed initramfs-tools 0.92e
2008-10-17 13:49:38 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92j
2008-10-17 13:49:38 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92j
2008-10-17 13:49:47 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92j
2008-10-17 13:49:47 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92j
2008-10-17 13:49:47 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92j
2008-10-17 13:49:47 status half-configured initramfs-tools 0.92j
2008-10-17 13:51:12 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92j
2008-10-17 14:17:43 upgrade linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 14:17:44 status half-configured linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 14:17:52 status unpacked linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 14:17:52 status half-installed linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 14:18:32 status half-installed linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 14:18:47 status unpacked linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 14:18:50 status unpacked linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 14:18:51 install linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-1 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:18:51 status half-installed linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-1
2008-10-17 14:19:25 status unpacked linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:19:25 status unpacked linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:19:26 upgrade linux-headers-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-1 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:19:26 status half-configured linux-headers-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-1
2008-10-17 14:19:26 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-1
2008-10-17 14:19:26 status half-installed linux-headers-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-1
2008-10-17 14:19:41 status half-installed linux-headers-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-1
2008-10-17 14:19:41 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:19:44 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:19:48 upgrade linux-headers-2.6.26-1-common 2.6.26-1 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:19:48 status half-configured linux-headers-2.6.26-1-common 2.6.26-1
2008-10-17 14:19:50 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.26-1-common 2.6.26-1
2008-10-17 14:19:50 status half-installed linux-headers-2.6.26-1-common 2.6.26-1
2008-10-17 14:20:13 status half-installed linux-headers-2.6.26-1-common 2.6.26-1
2008-10-17 14:20:15 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.26-1-common 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:20:18 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.26-1-common 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:20:19 upgrade linux-image-2.6-686-etchnhalf 2.6.24+13~etchnhalf.1 2.6.24+13~etchnhalf.1
2008-10-17 14:20:19 status half-configured linux-image-2.6-686-etchnhalf 2.6.24+13~etchnhalf.1
2008-10-17 14:20:19 status unpacked linux-image-2.6-686-etchnhalf 2.6.24+13~etchnhalf.1
2008-10-17 14:20:19 status half-installed linux-image-2.6-686-etchnhalf 2.6.24+13~etchnhalf.1
2008-10-17 14:20:19 status half-installed linux-image-2.6-686-etchnhalf 2.6.24+13~etchnhalf.1
2008-10-17 14:20:19 status unpacked linux-image-2.6-686-etchnhalf 2.6.24+13~etchnhalf.1
2008-10-17 14:20:19 status unpacked linux-image-2.6-686-etchnhalf 2.6.24+13~etchnhalf.1
2008-10-17 14:20:29 status unpacked linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 14:20:31 status half-configured linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 14:23:05 status installed linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.6
2008-10-17 14:23:05 status unpacked linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:23:05 status half-configured linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:25:15 status installed linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:25:15 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.26-1-common 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:25:15 status half-configured linux-headers-2.6.26-1-common 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:25:15 status installed linux-headers-2.6.26-1-common 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:25:15 status unpacked linux-headers-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:25:15 status half-configured linux-headers-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:25:15 status installed linux-headers-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 14:25:15 status unpacked linux-image-2.6-686-etchnhalf 2.6.24+13~etchnhalf.1
2008-10-17 14:25:15 status half-configured linux-image-2.6-686-etchnhalf 2.6.24+13~etchnhalf.1
2008-10-17 14:25:15 status installed linux-image-2.6-686-etchnhalf 2.6.24+13~etchnhalf.1
2008-10-17 15:07:30 upgrade initramfs-tools 0.92j 0.92l
2008-10-17 15:07:30 status half-configured initramfs-tools 0.92j
2008-10-17 15:07:30 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92j
2008-10-17 15:07:30 status half-installed initramfs-tools 0.92j
2008-10-17 15:07:31 status half-installed initramfs-tools 0.92j
2008-10-17 15:07:32 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 15:07:32 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 15:07:42 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 15:07:42 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 15:07:43 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 15:07:43 status half-configured initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 15:09:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 15:21:00 status installed linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 15:21:16 remove linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 15:21:16 status half-configured linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 15:21:24 status half-installed linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 15:21:41 status config-files linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 15:21:42 status config-files linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 2.6.26-8
2008-10-17 16:22:46 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:10 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:11 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:11 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:27 remove initramfs-tools 0.92l 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:27 status half-configured initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:27 status half-installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:28 status config-files initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:28 purge initramfs-tools 0.92l 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:28 status config-files initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:28 status config-files initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:28 status config-files initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:29 status config-files initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:29 status config-files initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 16:23:29 status not-installed initramfs-tools
2008-10-17 16:25:48 install initramfs-tools 0.85i
2008-10-17 16:25:48 status half-installed initramfs-tools 0.85i
2008-10-17 16:25:50 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.85i
2008-10-17 16:25:50 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.85i
2008-10-17 16:25:58 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.85i
2008-10-17 16:25:58 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.85i
2008-10-17 16:25:58 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.85i
2008-10-17 16:25:59 status half-configured initramfs-tools 0.85i
2008-10-17 16:25:59 status installed initramfs-tools 0.85i
2008-10-17 17:06:42 install libparse-recdescent-perl 1.94.free-3
2008-10-17 17:06:42 status half-installed libparse-recdescent-perl 1.94.free-3
2008-10-17 17:06:43 status unpacked libparse-recdescent-perl 1.94.free-3
2008-10-17 17:06:44 status unpacked libparse-recdescent-perl 1.94.free-3
2008-10-17 17:06:44 install yaird 0.0.12-25 0.0.12-18
2008-10-17 17:06:44 status half-installed yaird 0.0.12-25
2008-10-17 17:06:45 status unpacked yaird 0.0.12-18
2008-10-17 17:06:45 status unpacked yaird 0.0.12-18
2008-10-17 17:06:54 status unpacked libparse-recdescent-perl 1.94.free-3
2008-10-17 17:06:54 status half-configured libparse-recdescent-perl 1.94.free-3
2008-10-17 17:06:54 status installed libparse-recdescent-perl 1.94.free-3
2008-10-17 17:06:54 status unpacked yaird 0.0.12-18
2008-10-17 17:06:54 status unpacked yaird 0.0.12-18
2008-10-17 17:06:54 status unpacked yaird 0.0.12-18
2008-10-17 17:06:54 status half-configured yaird 0.0.12-18
2008-10-17 17:06:58 status installed yaird 0.0.12-18
2008-10-17 17:17:25 upgrade initramfs-tools 0.85i 0.92l
2008-10-17 17:17:25 status half-configured initramfs-tools 0.85i
2008-10-17 17:17:25 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.85i
2008-10-17 17:17:25 status half-installed initramfs-tools 0.85i
2008-10-17 17:17:26 status half-installed initramfs-tools 0.85i
2008-10-17 17:17:26 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 17:17:27 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 17:17:27 upgrade yaird 0.0.12-18 0.0.13-5
2008-10-17 17:17:27 status half-configured yaird 0.0.12-18
2008-10-17 17:17:31 status unpacked yaird 0.0.12-18
2008-10-17 17:17:32 status half-installed yaird 0.0.12-18
2008-10-17 17:17:32 status half-installed yaird 0.0.12-18
2008-10-17 17:17:32 status unpacked yaird 0.0.13-5
2008-10-17 17:17:32 status unpacked yaird 0.0.13-5
2008-10-17 17:17:40 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 17:17:41 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 17:17:41 status unpacked initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 17:17:41 status half-configured initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 17:17:41 status installed initramfs-tools 0.92l
2008-10-17 17:17:41 status unpacked yaird 0.0.13-5
2008-10-17 17:17:41 status unpacked yaird 0.0.13-5
2008-10-17 17:17:41 status unpacked yaird 0.0.13-5
2008-10-17 17:17:41 status half-configured yaird 0.0.13-5
2008-10-17 17:17:42 status installed yaird 0.0.13-5





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