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Old 08-20-2004, 12:22 PM   #1
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kernel compilation problem


I am having real problems compiling my linux kerneland I'm stuck with it for months now. I sincerely hope someone can help me. I have RedHat 9.0 (linux kernel 2.4.20-8) on my machine and i want to use kernel 2.6.5. Here are the steps i took and the errors i got:

# cd /usr/src
# bzip2 -d linux-2.6.5.tar.bz2
# tar -xvf linux-2.6.5.tar

There is a folder named linux-2.4.20-8. I deleted the link to that file and made a new link to the linux-2.6.5 folder.

# ln -s newlinux-2.6.5 linux-2.6.5

# cd /usr/src/linux-2.6.5
# make xconfig
# make bzImage
# make modules
# make modules_install
# mkinitrd /boot/initrd-2.6.5.img 2.6.5

I then copied the 'bzImage' file from /usr/src/linux-2.6.5/arch/i386/boot to /boot and renamed it to bzImage-2.6.5

My grub.conf file looks as follows:

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You do not have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /, eg.
# root (hd0,1)
# kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda2
# initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-8)
root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi
initrd /boot/initrd-2.4.20-8.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.6.5)
root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/bzImage-2.6.5 ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.5.img
title DOS
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

The errors I'm getting are as follows:

Mounting root filesystem
mount: error 19 mounting ext3
kernel panic: no init found. Try passing init=option to kernel
Old 08-20-2004, 12:27 PM   #2
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As far as i know...i think you also need to copy the file which is also found in the same directory from where you copied the kernel.
Old 08-22-2004, 04:35 AM   #3
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also upgarde ur modutils packe
get it from

or rpms from



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