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Old 07-20-2011, 02:31 PM   #1
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Custom kernel + RAID1 = Kernel Panic


Hello,

I'm currently running Slackware64 13.37 with the 2.5.38.4 huge kernel from /testing on a RAID1 root (ext3 on /dev/md0).

I'm trying to compile a custom kernel at the moment, but whenever I try to run it, the boot process seems to hang just after the /dev/md0 messages with an error like "VFS Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(9,0)". I'm following Alien Bob's kernel compile guide at http://alien.slackbook.org/dokuwiki/...kernelbuilding

I've compiled ext2, ext3, ext4, RAID support in the kernel and I'm currently at a loss at what I'm still missing... It's probably something stupid that I'm currently overlooking

Any ideas are greatly appreciated
 
Old 07-20-2011, 04:49 PM   #2
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You'll need an initrd if you are booting from the RAID array.
 
Old 07-20-2011, 05:21 PM   #3
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You'll need an initrd if you are booting from the RAID array.
Do I also need one when I compile everything in the kernel? I was under the impression this was not necessary?
 
Old 07-20-2011, 05:56 PM   #4
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Yes it's still needed.
 
Old 07-21-2011, 02:58 AM   #5
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Thank you for your answer. How do I know which modules to add?
 
Old 07-21-2011, 03:34 AM   #6
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run
Code:
/usr/share/mkinitrd/mkinitrd_command_generator.sh
If you are sure you have all kernel modules built in you may not need to specify any modules so something like this might do it.

Code:
mkinitrd -c -k 2.6.38.4 -f ext4 -r /dev/md0 -R -u -o /boot/initrd.gz
Don't forget to add your initrd line to lilo.conf and run lilo again
 
Old 07-21-2011, 02:26 PM   #7
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How come an initrd is not needed when using the Slackware huge kernel?

According to the mkinitrd_command_generator.sh I had to use "mkinitrd -c -k 2.6.38.4-tfx -f ext4 -r /dev/md0 -m ext4 -R -u -o /boot/initrd.gz" which I did, adapted lilo, still kernel panic
 
Old 07-21-2011, 04:12 PM   #8
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How come an initrd is not needed when using the Slackware huge kernel?
In my experience, the initrd has been required ever since the "raid-autodetect" behaviour changed in the kernel.

The raid array is assembled in the initrd.

Looking back at your first post you said that you had "RAID1 root (ext3 on /dev/md0)." so you'd need "-f ext3" (unless that was a typo)

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Old 07-21-2011, 04:42 PM   #9
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How come an initrd is not needed when using the Slackware huge kernel?
In my experience, the initrd has been required ever since the "raid-autodetect" behaviour changed in the kernel.
Hmm, strange.

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The raid array is assembled in the initrd.
How come I don't need one when I use the huge kernel? Sorry about all the questions, I'm just trying to understand how the initrd and boot process works...

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Looking back at your first post you said that you had "RAID1 root (ext3 on /dev/md0)." so you'd need "-f ext3" (unless that was a typo)
That was a typo, sorry ;-)

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