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CRUX Futzing

Posted 04-28-2009 at 11:44 AM by chexmix
Updated 06-17-2009 at 12:20 PM by chexmix

So I have this 14Gb-or-so partition on my mostly-stationary (now that I have a netbook) laptop -- a result of partly-inadvertantly blowing away the Debian install that lived there. I'd almost forgotten about it, but ...

... I've been playing lately with some of those mini-distributions (DSL, TinyCore, SliTaz) and somehow wound my way around to CRUX Linux, which has been around for a number of years now and which I have always been more or less tempted to try ... even though I am currently doing my best to keep away from distro-dipping in the interest of passing my Java class and keeping myself afloat at work. Um, heh.

So, anyhoo, I burned CRUX 2.5 to a CD and starting putzing and futzing. So far I have not managed to create a bootable installation. The installation itself seems to go okay, but nothing I have tried in re: adding the new baby to lilo.conf (which lives in my Slackware installation - lilo itself is installed to the MBR) has resulted in anything other than a good old fashioned kernel panic upon boot.

I followed some advice in an LQ thread about this issue and mounted /dev/hda5 (where CRUX was installed) at a /CRUX directory in my Slackware install, added a line to lilo.conf for CRUX indicating the image could be found at /CRUX/boot/vmlinuz, and re-ran lilo. After that I at least got the right kernel booting (I could tell mainly because I am running Slackware -current so when THAT boots I see the image of Tuz rather than Tux) but still it ends in a kernel panic (I will post the specific lines from home).

My thought is that I am not doing the kernel configuration in the CRUX install correctly. I have only stepped through 'make menuconfig' once or twice and it was a long time ago, so I was perhaps wrong to have assumed that the default settings in there were probably okay & just randomly went through adding options that SOUNDED useful or interesting. CRUX is meant for advanced users and the fact that you have to configure your kernel as part of the install process is certainly a reflection of that -- Ubuntu wouldn't be enjoying its current level of popularity if one had to do that as a necessary step in the installation!

So, more futzing and putzing to come. I'm sure I will learn something!
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