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Old 11-24-2009, 09:43 AM   #1
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Error: request_module:runaway loop modprobe binfMt -0000 on booting into new kernel


As part of an assignment I have to make changes in the kernel code and compile and boot it. I was able to do this successfully till a day ago when I started encountering this error while booting into the new kernel. I tried compiling the kernel again and again making sure I havent made any mistakes. Also I tried to do all changes from the scratch in the linux2.6.27.39 code downloaded from but it has not been of any help. Please let me know a solution for the problem. I am running a debian vm and my new kernel is added as a separate bootable kernel in the debian vm.

I have googles regarding the problem while i found lot of questions regarding this I havent found any answers Please do help
Old 11-25-2009, 06:24 PM   #2
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Try to start from your current configuration. Copy the config file from the /boot directory

This is general instructions without an initrd image
You will have to select(not as modules) your current filesystems and sata/ata drivers in menuconfig, for this to work.

Do all this as root

Isntall packages that are needed:
apt-get install kernel-package ncurses-dev fakeroot wget bzip2
Download the kernel:
cd /usr/src
tar vjxf linux-
cd linux-
Copy your current configuration:

If your /boot partition isn't mounted:
mount /boot
make mrproper
cp /boot/config...[your current kernel version] .config
make menuconfig
Build and Install
make && make modules_install
cp cp arch/(your arch)/boot/bzImage /boot/mykernel
Edit grub.conf
nano -w /boot/grub/menu.lst
title Debian Custom
root (hd0,0) # Set this to where your boot your partition is.
kernel /mykernel  # If you dont have a boot partition set this to /boot/myquernel
To build a kernel with initrd image you can fallow this intructions:


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