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I managed to delete all of my initrd images in order to make space for new updates (I know - stupid)- is there a way to upload them back or do I have to reinstall my OS completely? I don't have the live cd, but I could download it onto a usb drive I suppose. And when I start my computer I can only access the grub of course.

I am fairly new to linux so please keep that in mind.

Thank you for your help, I really appreciate it, I'm going crazy without my computer.

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marked as duplicate by bodhi.zazen, Radu Rădeanu, Eric Carvalho, BuZZ-dEE, Florian Diesch Jan 6 '14 at 21:10

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You can manually download the .deb package from the official repository server Just use your web browser. There you have to find the kernel you need. In my case its called linux-image-3.2.0-35-generic_3.2.0-35.55_amd64.deb. So i made a folder in my home dir.

#mkdir linux-image
#cd linux-image
#dpkg -x linux-image-3.2.0-35-generic_3.2.0-35.55_amd64.deb .

Now you should see the files from this package extracted in the current directory.

#ls -l boot/
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  792715 Dez  5  2012 abi-3.2.0-35-generic
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  140505 Dez  5  2012 config-3.2.0-35-generic
-rw------- 1 root root 2885822 Dez  5  2012
-rw------- 1 root root 4968400 Dez  5  2012 vmlinuz-3.2.0-35-generic

There are your searched files, Now you just need to copy them into the /boot folder from your system.

The initrd needs to be generated. I would recommend to boot from a live system, chroot into your old system, and generate it by update-initramfs -c -k <version>.

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The same thing happened to me today. My volume was filled to capacity and I was forced to delete some files to make room but I deleted the initrd files from my old kernels (all of them) and now I am unable to boot to 13.10 and it gives me a Kernel panic error.

Can I just install a new kernel/intrd rather than fix the old kernels? I don't want to reinstall because that would erase my hard drive. If that's doable I prefer to just install a new kernel to go along with the upgrade of 13.10.

Thanks for your help!


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