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Old 04-12-2004, 07:48 PM   #1
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cannot boot into linux-2.4.10

I am facing some wierd problems with installation of linux2.4.10. I have linux 2.4.18 version and wanted to have linux 2.4.10 in addition. I followed the following procedure for installation.

Got linux-2.4.10.tar.gz .. untarred it and

In the linux folder,
1. make menuconfig and enabled 'Kernel/User netlink socket' option.
2. make dep
3. make clean
4. make bzImage
5. make modules.
6. make modules_install
7. make install

Now this creates a new boot image and updates the grub.conf automatically. Here's my grub.conf

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda2
# initrd /initrd-version.img

title Red Hat Linux (2.4.10)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.10 ro root=LABEL=/
initrd /initrd-2.4.10.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-14)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=LABEL=/
initrd /initrd-2.4.18-14.img

8. Reboot

When I reboot . as expected I have two images to choose from ....
I choose the new image(linux 2.4.10) which I just created. Everything loads up fine but boot process stops with the following errors. ( below is a part of the boot process messages )

Linux IP Multicast Router 0.06 plus PIM-SM
ip_tables : (c) 2000 NetFilter Core Team
NET4: Unix Domain Sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0
MPLS version 0.995 10/16/2001
MPLS-multicast extensions 07/16/2002 by Yvan Pointurier ( Feb 2002
MPLS Tunnel Interface
ds: no Socket drivers loaded !
Kernel Panic: I have no root and I want to scream

AND it stops.

I couldnt get along with this error. I googled, but couldnt find a viable answer for this.

Is there any bug with the linux 2.4.10.?
Or is it because I m installing an older version of linux on a newer linux version. ?

I'd really appreciate any help for this.

Thanks, in advance

Old 04-12-2004, 10:18 PM   #2
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no obviously the root partition isnt being seen by the installed kernel.

anyways get kernel 2.6.3, and edit the toplevel makefile (MAkefile)
edit the part that says CURRENT_ROOTDEV="current"

and you will not have this problem when compiling new kernels.
Old 04-13-2004, 12:12 PM   #3
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Thank you so much for ur suggestion.
Is kernel 2.6.3 a patch to linux 2.4.10? I guess its among the latest releases of linux kernel.

Actually, I wish to have an mpls+linux kernel... and I have a mpls patch that was developed for linux2.4.10 and works only with linux 2.4.10. I have to use that patch in any case. Applying it to kernel 2.6.3 may not work. Hope I am not wrong ?

I tried applying the mpls patch to linux2.4.10 and generated a new image but I had the same Socket Driver problem . So I tried to install the linux 2.4.10 kernel and checked to find the same problem.

Anyways, I checked the toplevel Makefile in the linux folder for linux2.4.10 and couldnt find CURRENT_ROOTDEV... instead I found this
export ROOT_DEV = CURRENT. Would changing this to CURRENT_ROOTDEV = "current" work?

Old 10-23-2005, 07:17 AM   #4
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ignore this

Last edited by mr_demilord; 10-23-2005 at 07:19 AM.


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