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Old 06-26-2011, 06:30 PM   #1
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Distribution: Debian Sid, Slackware 13.37
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Try custom kernel, now system is unbootable

I compiled my own custom kernel for the first time. I tinkered with different options, nothing to difficult. I actually didn't expect it to work the first time.

I had kept the original lilo boot config just in case something was to go wrong. Now when I try to boot the system, I always get a "VFS: cannot mount root system on (8,3)". I googled this and found that my kernel did not support my root filesystem (btrfs). So I made an initrd with btrfs kernel module, but it didn't help. I then got a string of errors about how /dev could not be mounted.

My question is two-fold. First, how come when I configure the system back to when it was first installed, it still won't boot? Im using the same kernel ( Second, how can I get myself out of this rut without reinstalling?

append=" vt.default_utf8=0"

vga = normal

# Linux - Slackware
image = /boot/vmlinuz-huge-smp-
root = /dev/sda3
label = Linux
BTW, I have been maintenancing the system by chrooting into the device off of my slackware boot disk. Im on slack 13.37

Old 06-26-2011, 07:03 PM   #2
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reinstall the kernels and modules from the boot disk.

First thing you should learn about using a custom kernel is to leave the old kernel in place and making an extra entry in lilo.conf. That usualy means copying the new vmlinuz/ to /boot with custom names so they don't overwrite the original ones.
Old 06-26-2011, 07:50 PM   #3
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well I did copy the custom kernel to the /boot directory with a custom name but somewhere along the way something got messed up.

I just reinstalled the kernel packages from the cd and it works great. Thanks for your help.
Old 06-26-2011, 11:28 PM   #4
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