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Old 07-30-2005, 11:52 AM   #1
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"Creating initial device nodes" taking forever

I just downloaded and installed the latest 2.6.12-3 kernel version. After successfully compiling everything seems to be working fine. However, I did notice that when the system comes to boot, it gives me the following message:
"Creating initial device nodes..."
and then seems to freeze for 5 - 10 minutes before putting the "done" at the end of this line. Any ideas why it's taking so long and how to make it only create initial device nodes once instead of on every boot? Thanks for your time.
Old 07-31-2005, 11:39 PM   #2
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I had practically the exact same problem with LFS 6.0 when upgrading from the reccomended kernel to the 2.6.12 kernel. For me it froze for well over ten minutes, possibly indefinitely--I didn't bother checking.

The problem was fixed for me by upgrading to the newest version of udev, which is the program responsible for creating those device nodes.

The latest version of udev can be found at
Old 08-06-2005, 04:17 PM   #3
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Thanks. I'll give it a try and get back to you on how it works out...
Old 08-06-2005, 04:45 PM   #4
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Just upgrades to 0.65 (I was using 0.30 before the upgrade). Worked like a charm (took about 1 second to complete). Thanks for your help.


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