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Old 02-13-2004, 04:25 PM   #1
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Kernel upgrade...evil ensues

I am trying to use any 2.6 kernel in my LFS system, but I get some funky errors at boot time. First of all, two or three long number/letter sequences are puked out at the top of the regular messages produced at boot. Then I get the following:

fsck.ext2: No such file or directory blah blah....I am told that the superblock might be corrupt.

1) It boots just fine using 2.4.24

2) When I run e2fsck -b (backup superblock as stated by mke2fs -n) -y /dev/yada I am told that the system was not cleanly unmounted and e2fsck then does its magic. But I can run e2fsck again using the same parameters and it tells me again that the disk was not cleanly unmounted. I am confused. Did nothing get fixed?


All of my software is above the minimum requirements as stated in the Documenation/Changes directory of the kernel source.

I have my LFS system on a logical partition. Could that cause problems? The disk itself is 120 GB, but I have to assume that as long as the boot loader finds the partition, I should be fine.

At one point I was trying to use the new bttv module while booting under 2.4.24, but the module wouldnt initialize correctly, and I was unable to remove it before halting. My system hung. I powered off and when I rebooted, fsck checked the root partition. To tell the truth in my drive to get that module to work this happened a few times.

Finally, if a superblock is corrupted, then copying the entire system to another partition means that that new partition contains a corrupted superblock too, right?

Any suggestions?

I am tempted to reinstall LFS using 2.6 headers (no I don't think that has anything to do with this necessarily, but...then again I am rather ignorant about this whole business)
Old 02-13-2004, 06:14 PM   #2
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Cool. I fixed my own idiocy. I thought that I would post this anyway.

I simply had not included advanced support for hard disks in my kernel. Thats it! Heh. I have slack installed on my system. It works fine using 2.6.0 and is on the same harddisk. I should have suspected something because at boot time my swap partition was giving me an error too. Anyway I just copied the config file to double check and sure enough I needed support for harddisks for x86 machines.

That would be it.


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