Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware
User Name
Slackware This Forum is for the discussion of Slackware Linux.


  Search this Thread
Old 11-03-2009, 04:51 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Mar 2005
Location: Norway
Distribution: Mandrak, PLHAK, Ubuntu
Posts: 20

Rep: Reputation: 0
getting mkinitramfs-0.9.11 installed. slackware 13

So yeah, I am trying for my first time to upgrade / recompiling my kernel.

And I need to get mkinitramfs installed. Am trying to follow the instructions on :

and when I am running the configure file in the mkinitramfs folder i get this :

bash-3.1# ./config
bash: ./config: No such file or directory
bash-3.1# ./configure
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/ginstall -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for gawk... gawk
checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
checking for gcc... gcc
checking for C compiler default output file name... a.out
checking whether the C compiler works... yes
checking whether we are cross compiling... no
checking for suffix of executables...
checking for suffix of object files... o
checking whether we are using the GNU C compiler... yes
checking whether gcc accepts -g... yes
checking for gcc option to accept ISO C89... none needed
checking for style of include used by make... GNU
checking dependency style of gcc... gcc3
checking how to run the C preprocessor... gcc -E
checking for grep that handles long lines and -e... /usr/bin/grep
checking for egrep... /usr/bin/grep -E
checking for ANSI C header files... yes
checking for sys/types.h... yes
checking for sys/stat.h... yes
checking for stdlib.h... yes
checking for string.h... yes
checking for memory.h... yes
checking for strings.h... yes
checking for inttypes.h... yes
checking for stdint.h... yes
checking for unistd.h... yes
checking for stdlib.h... (cached) yes
checking for unistd.h... (cached) yes
checking for ldbash... /usr/bin/ldbash
checking whether `getopts' libbash library is listed... /usr/bin/ldbash: line 33: /usr/etc/ldbash.cache: No such file or directory
configure: error: getopts not found!
Thanks for any replies that this post might get in.
Old 11-04-2009, 12:46 AM   #2
Amigo developer
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: Germany
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 4,890

Rep: Reputation: 569Reputation: 569Reputation: 569Reputation: 569Reputation: 569Reputation: 569
You don't need that. Slackware has 'mkinitrd' for the purpose.
Old 11-04-2009, 05:14 AM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Mar 2005
Location: Norway
Distribution: Mandrak, PLHAK, Ubuntu
Posts: 20

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
tnx ^^
Old 11-04-2009, 08:25 AM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: Jun 2006
Location: Philadelphia PA USA
Distribution: Lubuntu, Slackware
Posts: 2,230

Rep: Reputation: 291Reputation: 291Reputation: 291
Here are 2 excellent resources for compiling a custom kernel for Slackware:[]=compile&s[]=kernel
Old 04-21-2012, 01:55 AM   #5
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2008
Location: Canada
Distribution: Fedora Core
Posts: 5

Rep: Reputation: 1
Not trying to re-open a dead thread, however, just because it's slackware doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to use mkinitramfs. There's reasons why one might want to generate their initrd one way or the other. To keep things short and relevant:

Originally Posted by shadyboy View Post
checking whether `getopts' libbash library is listed... /usr/bin/ldbash: line 33: /usr/etc/ldbash.cache: No such file or directory
configure: error: getopts not found!
A little research reveals what ldbash.cache is:

Cache file that contains information about libraries dependencies and list of exported symbols. See ldbashconfig((8)) for further details.

This reveals that the reason that this error is probably being generated is because the cache file has no information about the 'getopts' function, which is a relatively standard c function. I can't remember if it's in libc or some extension of it, but most people likely have the library containing its definition somewhere.

The nice thing is, ldbashconfig can configure the cache file for you. Running it once should fix this error message.

Also, if you get any udevcontrol, udevsettle or similar issues, because of recent updates to the udev-tools suite, these programs have been intregrated under a single program, udevadm. So, create symlinks:

ln -s /sbin/udevadm /sbin/udevcontrol
ln -s /sbin/udevadm /sbin/udevsettle

Lastly, if you run into a vol_id error, this is because vol_id has been superceded by blkid in many distributions. Just apply the following patch to in the mkinitramfs (version 0.9.11) source:

< SBINFILES="insmod,modprobe,udevcontrol,udevd,udevsettle,udevtrigger,vol_id"
> SBINFILES="insmod,modprobe,udevcontrol,udevd,udevsettle,udevtrigger,blkid"
< UUID=${UUID:-$(vol_id -u $IMAGEDIR/tmpnode)}
> UUID=${UUID:-$(blkid -s UUID $IMAGEDIR/tmpnode | awk '/UUID/ {print $2 "\n"}' | sed -e 's/UUID="//' -e 's/"$//')}
Just stick it all in a patch file and apply it.

Hope this helps.

Last edited by ambius; 04-23-2012 at 10:02 PM. Reason: To help fix errors in the current stable source.


kernel, slackware

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
MKINITRAMFS and Minimal Linux OS Scratch luispt Linux - Distributions 1 05-08-2008 07:00 PM
Compiling Linux kernel trouble at mkinitramfs dtmbmw325i Linux - Kernel 20 02-07-2008 07:23 AM
Differece: mkinitrd and mkinitramfs? kushalkoolwal Debian 2 05-14-2007 03:14 PM
Dual boot windows/slackware, but slackware installed first? Cryptic_K Slackware 3 11-20-2006 12:49 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:13 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration