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Old 07-21-2004, 01:03 PM   #1
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Kickstarting/ custom os and .modules.conf

I am new to 1) linux, 2) to linuxquestions so if I am posting this in the wrong place please bear with me.

Here is what I am trying to accomplish:
I have a system I kickstart with an almost standard version of RH9 2.4.20-8. The difference is that I have added an aacraid rpm that fixes a raid problem. I kickstart the machine and the install occurs properly booting to RH92.4.20-8 properly, with the aacraid package installed and a proper entry in modules.conf for the aacraid driver.
(alias scsi_hostadapter aacraid)

So then I attempt to add in my custom kernel rpm. This rpm as part of its %post processing creates a ramdisk image by using
mkinitrd -f myos.img mykernel

The mkinitrd command errors indicating that the aacraid module can not be found in the mykernel. Which is how I have set it up, because I want to use the original distributions raid driver.

Now as I see it there are two options ( and i am sure as is usually the case I have missed one, two or fifteen).
1- somehow indicate to the mkinitrd routine that there is another place to look for the aacraid module.

2- include the aacraid module into our kernel and have it installed along with mykernel*rpm.

Is it normal to try to cross distribute modules?


Old 07-29-2004, 06:36 AM   #2
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I'm not familiar with raid and also not with initrd...
here are my thougts:

-does the aacraid module have to be loaded during initrd stage or could it not be loaded later in the boot-process? So if the module is loadable with your custom-made kernel-rpm there would not be a problem

-to make things easier (and the kernel-image probably a bit larger) why dont you skip the initrd method of booting completely and just boot your kernel directly - how to do it depends on the method you use to boot - I'm using lilo. But the initrd-method may be the standard RH-way to boot - so you may have to do some changes to some conf files. I've never used RH, so I cant tell you what to do exactly.

-english is not my native language - I don't know what you mean by:
" Is it normal to try to cross distribute modules? "



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