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okay, i recompiled the kernel without devfs using the Installing Linux-2.4.19 instructions in chapter 8, and did the instructions up to the end of chapter 8, unmounted and rebooted. now, when i choose lfs in LILO, right after it uncompresses the kernel image it says something like
system out of input data
and halts the system, what did i do this time?
(btw, when compiling the kernel i only added in options and did not take any out)
Well it doesn't print that message after it's uncompressed the kernel but while it's uncompressing it. You might want to check your lilo.conf file again and make sure it's pointing to the right locations. Double check if the kernel you are pointing to is the one you actually copied.
If you are sure you got everything right and it's still giving you errors you might want to try posting your lilo.conf file.
By the way do you have a .config file from the kernel of your main system. You might want to copy that to your lfs kernel and then run make oldconfig. That way you should at least be able to start off with a config that you know works. You can add/delete options after that and recompile.