Originally Posted by samac
I tried to generate the initrd.gz three ways
mkinitrd -c -k 126.96.36.199-smp -m jfs
All three failed the same way.
Have you tried it without the mkintrd jfs ? Whatever that is for, I've never had to do that. (edit: doh, ignore that question, I see what you're saying now. I misunderstood).
Normally I just run the single command
mkinitrd -c -k 188.8.131.52-smp -m jfs -f jfs -r /dev/whatevertherootpartitionis
According to the man page -f and -r should be autodetected, but I figure it won't hurt to tell it.
also, worth checking that the entry in lilo points to the right initrd file.