pld kernel 2.2.18-14 boot problems

Philip J. Hollenback phil at
Sun Apr 1 00:40:32 CEST 2001


Just wanted to let you know that I successfully built a working 2.2.18
kernel RPM from the PLD kernel source RPM.  I now have a modified
RedHat 6.2 install CD that installs this as the kernel, which is
exactly what I wanted.

The problem, as several people kindly pointed out, was the modular
kernel.  I have to modify kernel.i686.config to compile IDE support,
the VIA chipset, and ext2 into the kernel.  Once I did that, it all

I do note that depmod on this kernel gives unresolved symbols in

ohci_1394_cb.o and pcilynx_cb.o

I didn't need either of those modules, so I deleted them.

Another glitch is that when I build the kernel from source, the
configure step never runs to completion.  I get a message that the
pipe feeding in the configure options has disappeared, and the build
waits on whatever config option it occurred until I make a choice for
that option.  After that, the build works.  This occurs in random
places, perhaps it is something wrong with my environment.


On Setting Orange, the 17th of Discord, Philip J. Hollenback spake:
> > I can successfully rebuild the source rpm under redhat 6.2 and I have
> > a working install cd that installs it.  However, I cannot get a
> > running system afterwards.  I have a Tyan motherboard with the Via VP
> > chipset.  On bootup after install, I alwats get VFS panic - cannot
> > mount root.
> [SNIP!]
> I think your problems lies in two things. First - our kernel is higly
> modularized, even ext2 and ide are built as modules. You should check tools
> designed for creating initial ram disk - geninitrd. I think it is
> straightforward how to use it.
> Second problem you may encounter is passing name of root device. If you have
> lilo just ignore it, but if you use loadlin.exe or grub you should change
> "root=/dev/hda1" into "root=/dev/301". It is just an example. Other numbers
> are:
> mephisto RPMS~# ls -l /dev/hd?
> brw-rw----    1 root     disk       3,   0 May  5  1998 /dev/hda
> brw-rw----    1 root     disk       3,  64 May  5  1998 /dev/hdb
> brw-rw----    1 root     disk      22,   0 May  5  1998 /dev/hdc
> brw-rw----    1 root     disk      22,  64 May  5  1998 /dev/hdd
> brw-rw----    1 root     disk      33,   0 May  5  1998 /dev/hde
> brw-rw----    1 root     disk      33,  64 May  5  1998 /dev/hdf
> brw-rw----    1 root     disk      34,   0 May  5  1998 /dev/hdg
> brw-rw----    1 root     disk      34,  64 May  5  1998 /dev/hdh
> use first number, then add second number and your partition number. e.g.
> /dev/hdd6 is /dev/2270. I hope I am right :)

Philip J. Hollenback
philiph at

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