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Old 01-28-2004, 11:28 AM   #1
graemec
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Kernel 2.6.0-test11 unable to open initial console


I've been running a Debian Woody system for a while with few problems, but I
recently got the 2.6.0-test11 kernel source and have compiled it a few times,
trying to get it to work on my system.

For a while I was getting a message:

VFS: Cannot open root device "301" or unknown block (3,1)
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel Panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown block (3,1)

But I got a bit further after recompiling the kernel to use the old IDE disk driver
on the first IDE interface.
Now I get the following as the last 2 lines of the console output:

freeing unused kernel memory 288k freed
Warning: unable to open initial console

My guess (and it is only a guess) is that this has something to do with the devfs
in the 2.6 kernel, but I have no idea how to solve the problem.

Anybody got any ideas?


|Regards, Graeme.
 
Old 01-28-2004, 11:42 AM   #2
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1) why are you suign a prelease for 2.6.0 when 2.6.1 is already out?

2) please post your grub.conf or lilo.conf... gievn that error it sounds like the block you are trying to access does not exist at all, not that it not mountable... it won't be a devfs issue either way.
 
Old 01-28-2004, 11:58 AM   #3
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acid_kewpie wrote:

> 1) why are you suign a prelease for 2.6.0 when 2.6.1 is already out?

Because 2.6.0-test11 was the latest kernel sources package I found on the
Debian apt repository.

> 2) please post your grub.conf or lilo.conf... gievn that error it sounds like the
> block you are trying to access does not exist at all, not that it not mountable...
> it won't be a devfs issue either way.

FWIW, I'm not getting the first set of error messages any more, but here's lilo.conf:

# lilo.conf
#
# global options:
boot=/dev/hda
prompt
timeout=100
lba32
compact
vga=normal
root=/dev/hda1
read-only
menu-title=" My Computer "
#
# kernel images:
image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.18-bf2.4
label=default
image=/boot/bzImage
label=custom-2.6
image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20
label=linux_2.4.20
image=/vmlinuz
label=linux_2.6
initrd=/initrd.img


It's the second kernel that I'm currently working on.


Regards, Graeme.
 
Old 01-28-2004, 12:10 PM   #4
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ahh just get 2.6.1 from kernel.org, don't need any prepackaged nothing.

do you have /dev/pts support enabled?

and yes i didn't read your first post right did i?
 
Old 01-28-2004, 12:26 PM   #5
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acid_kewpie wrote:

> do you have /dev/pts support enabled?

Excuse my ignorance, but what is /dev/pts ?
I don't see any option like that when I run make menuconfig.


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