Problem solved by upgrading lilo to version 21.4-14
Apparently previous lilo was confused about the menaing of read-write.
Thanks all for suggestions, even if none were to the root of the problem.
> There is a link in the FAQ to a xfs-aware rescue/boot floppy set.
didn't work - scsi driver bonked
> > > boot with something like init=/bin/sh and / is mounted ro, even when
> > > mount tells you it is rw. Maybe the problem was such thing. mtab
> > > will also report rw falsely, maybe cat /proc/mounts shows the truth.
> >cat /proc/mounts still shows rw; also I can write on / and /boot fine, but
> >not lilo somehow.
> If you can format /boot correctly and mount it. Put a xfs-aware kernel in
> there and run lilo.
> I don't know if lilo checks for the rootfs to be ro or the /boot.
both / and /boot were truly rw, but lilo was confused about it.
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