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galapogos 02-28-2013 03:25 AM

Kernel panic when rebuilding kernel with exact same .config file
 
Hi,

I have a SATA drive with LILO boot loader, and a working 32bit 2.6.35.14 kernel that was built on a Mandriva 32bit machine some time back. This Linux environment is a very simple one that boots up to a busybox shell as init by means of a "append="init=/test/test.sh" in lilo.conf, where test.sh sets up the basic Linux environment then starts a busybox shell.

The Mandriva build environment no longer exists, and has been upgraded to a 64bit Ubuntu machine instead.

I downloaded 2.6.35.14 from kernel.org, and then extracted the .config file from the working kernel.

I then used the .config file to build a new but identical 32bit kernel on the new Ubuntu build environment using make "ARCH=i386 menuconfig" followed by "make ARCH=i386 all"

I copied this new kernel to the SATA drive, edited lilo.conf and ran lilo again. However, when I try to boot up from this supposedly identical kernel, I get a kernel panic:

Code:

VFS: Mounted root(ext2 filesystem readonly on device 8:1
Freeing unused kernel memory: 248k freed
Failed to execute /test/test.sh.  Attempting default...
Kernel panic - not syncing: No init found.  Try passing init= option to kernel.

The file sizes of the old and new kernel are different. However, I extracted the .config from the new kernel and performed a diff between that and the old .config file - they are identical!

Why is it I have 2 kernels that are the same version, built with the .config file, but resulting in 1 booting and the other not?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

linosaurusroot 02-28-2013 07:50 PM

It says your /test/test.sh is not there - that's probably not on the new drive.


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