2.4.20 Kernel and VFS
list at fornax.net
Tue Dec 3 10:40:29 CST 2002
Well, I'm stumped. I've just installed a new RedHet 8.0 machine, and I'm
trying to compiler a new 2.4.20 kernel for it, however, I can't get the
thing to boot up.
Here's the error I get at boot time:
VFS: Cannot open root device "LABEL=/" or 00:00
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 00:00
The /etc/fstab file has this:
LABEL=/ / ext3 defaults 1 1
LABEL=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
The filesystems have the appropriate labels:
# e2label /dev/hda1
# e2label /dev/hda3
Finally, the new kernel I've compiled and the standard RedHat kernel are
being called the same way from GRUB:
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20 ro root=LABEL=/
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-14)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=LABEL=/
So, what's going on? I've found reference to this error being caused by
having DEVFS compiled into the kernel, but I don't have that. Is there
some other fancy kernel option that I might be missing that is causing
the problem? Suggestions welcome!
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