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Old 01-23-2005, 09:53 AM   #1
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mkinitrd with the modules I want


I'v been busy installing my debian 'sarge' kernel 2.6.9 for weeks now. My problem is my harddisk. I have a maxtor SATA disk with two partitions formatted as NTFS. The other two are formatted ext3 and one swap.

When I recompile my kernel I HAVE to do that with "make-kpkg --initrd" so it makes a initial ramdisk. The only condition is that I compile my ext3-drivers and sata-drivers as Module. I think that when I compile them as a module my initrd uses the modules in the ramdisk.

What I want is to know how to make my own initrd with the drivers for sata, ext3 and ntfs(rw). I want to mount my NTFS partition at boot so I think I have to put them in my initrd too.

Then I can make my kernel smaller. (it's now 1,3 mb and my initrd is 4,1 mb)

Can someone explain me which drivers I have to include in my initrd to boot my sata disk and mounting my ntfs.

AND YES, they have to be in the initrd :

When I use his line, I get this error:
sarge:/boot# mkinitrd --preload=scsi_mod --preload=sd_mod --with=ata_piix /boot/initrd.img-2.6.9 2.6.9
/usr/sbin/mkinitrd: illegal option -- -

$Id: mkinitrd,v 1.201 2004/05/16 22:00:48 herbert Exp $

Usage: /usr/sbin/mkinitrd [OPTION]... <-o outfile> [version]

  -d confdir  Specify an alternative configuration directory.
  -k          Keep temporary directory used to make the image.
  -m command  Set the command to make an initrd image.
  -o outfile  Write to outfile.
  -r root     Override ROOT setting in mkinitrd.conf.

See mkinitrd(8) for further details.
This is my boot list:
sarge:/boot# ls -al
total 19424
drwxr-xr-x   3 root root    4096 2005-01-22 21:18 .
drwxr-xr-x  22 root root    4096 2005-01-22 00:59 ..
-rw-r--r--   1 root root   55789 2004-11-25 05:22 config-2.6.8-1-386
-rw-r--r--   1 root root   47138 2005-01-22 20:39 config-2.6.9
-rw-r--r--   1 root root   56183 2005-01-08 19:41 config-2.6.9-2-686-smp
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root    4096 2005-01-22 23:55 grub
-rw-r--r--   1 root root 4395008 2005-01-21 23:01 initrd.img-2.6.8-1-386
-rw-r--r--   1 root root 4169728 2005-01-22 21:18 initrd.img-2.6.9
-rw-r--r--   1 root root 4792320 2005-01-21 23:10 initrd.img-2.6.9-2-686-smp
-rw-r--r--   1 root root  864503 2004-11-25 06:06
-rw-r--r--   1 root root  893728 2005-01-22 21:13
-rw-r--r--   1 root root  822824 2005-01-09 00:46
-rw-r--r--   1 root root 1091964 2004-11-25 06:06 vmlinuz-2.6.8-1-386
-rw-r--r--   1 root root 1359732 2005-01-22 21:13 vmlinuz-2.6.9
-rw-r--r--   1 root root 1252573 2005-01-09 00:46 vmlinuz-2.6.9-2-686-smp
The 2.6.8-1-386 image is the image which came with the installation.
The 2.6.9-2-686 image is the image I downloaded to recompile
The 2.6.9 image is the image I compiled.

Thanks in advance,

Robin Bultot

Last edited by Bultot; 01-23-2005 at 08:01 PM.


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