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Old 07-10-2006, 02:03 PM   #1
kaz2100
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Unhappy initrd problem (Debian etch on Toshiba Satellite)


Hi Penguins.

I am having trouble configuring initrd. (I think modules for SATA are necessary.)

Debian etch on Toshiba Satellite A100-S2311TD (spec is http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/...-30599&seg=HHO )

1. Original install via network worked.

2. Kernel (2.6.17.4) complie (make oldconfig, make, make_modules) went without any trouble.

3. install with lilo was uneventful.

4. New kernel did boot! (VFS: cannot open...) http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...en+root+device is helpful.

5. Now, lost how to make initrd. man pages for mkinitrd and mkinitrd.conf are not quite informative. http://www.digitalhermit.com/linux/K....html#MKINITRD and Debian.org and kernel tarball says a little bit different usage.

I put sata_sil on /etc/mkinitrd/modules and
Code:
mkinitrd -o initrd-img 2.6.17.4
then copy initrd-img and edit lilo.conf and lilo without error. then after reboot I am getting
Code:
modproe: FETAL: Could not load /lib/modules/2.6.17.4/modules.dep: No such file or directory
The dependency file exists

mkinitrd is v 1.201 2004/05/16 22:00:48 hervert Exp $

Am I using correct mkinitrd (requited by Documentation/Changes)?
Are my config files for mkinitrd correct?
What else do I have to do?

I will appreciate any suggestion.

Thanks a lot.

Kaz2100
 
Old 07-10-2006, 03:53 PM   #2
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Is there a particular reason you want an initrd? I haven't ever compiled one because I just compile in my chipset and filesystem (for example piix and ext3). The one time I tried compiling an initrd it didn't work because the kernel already had those things compiled in instead of as modules and I found out if they were compiled in I didn't need the initrd...
 
Old 07-10-2006, 08:26 PM   #3
kaz2100
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Yes, I agree and I would like to make such a kernel. However, drivers for SATA can be only compiles as modules (M or N only, No Y) for some reason.

... hold on...





Oh, now I know the trick. The higher level option is "M", which makes everything underneath "N or M".... Such an easy thing.....

By the way, the trouble I had is solved.
Code:
mkinitrd -o image /lib/modules/2.6.17.4
and lilo went without trouble.

Last edited by kaz2100; 07-10-2006 at 08:30 PM.
 
  


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