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Subjectpivot_root and initrd kernel panic woes
Werner and the Kernel Gods,

I have tried for the past 3 days fruitlessly to resolve my kernel
woes. Spent most of my working hours searching google for any answers
but I got confused instead. I am desperate for any info that would
me to the right direction. Your assistance will be highly appreciated
and I know that I am not alone on this one.

Here's what I am trying to do.

I have successfully installed RH 7.1 with 2.4.2 kernel on a Compaq
Proliant 6000 (4 Processors) . The SCSI driver that was loaded on
install is sym53c8xx .

cat /proc/scsi/scsi

Attached devices:
Host: scsi1 Channel: 00 Id: 00 Lun: 00
Vendor: COMPAQ Model: MAB3091SC Rev: 0814
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02

[root@tinkerbell smpimg]# lsmod

Module Size Used by
loop 9120 2 (autoclean)
eepro100 16624 1 (autoclean)
sym53c8xx 62080 5
sd_mod 11680 5
scsi_mod 95072 2 [sym53c8xx sd_mod]

[root@tinkerbell smpimg]# cat /proc/mounts

/dev/root / ext2 rw 0 0
/proc /proc proc rw 0 0
/dev/sda8 /home ext2 rw 0 0
/dev/sda6 /usr ext2 rw 0 0
/dev/sda5 /var ext2 rw 0 0
none /dev/pts devpts rw 0 0
/dev/loop0 /mnt/smpimg ext2 rw 0 0

Also, /dev/ram0 is enabled:

fdisk /dev/ram0

Note: sector size is 1024 (not 512)
Device contains neither a valid DOS partition table, nor Sun, SGI or OSF
Building a new DOS disklabel. Changes will remain in memory only,
until you decide to write them. After that, of course, the previous
content won't be recoverable.

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/ram0: 1 heads, 4096 sectors, 1 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 4096 * 1024 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

Since I wanted to have EXT3 support , I upgraded my kernel to
2.4.9-12 from together with the
required SysVinit, modutils, initscripts, filesystem and all.

Once I have the new kernel installed I created an initrd image. The
reason is that the SCSI drivers are modules and
not compiled in:

[root@tinkerbell scsi]# pwd


[root@tinkerbell scsi]# ls

3w-xxxx.o aha1740.o cpqfc.o fdomain.o ips.o
pci2000.o qlogicfas.o sg.o tmscsim.o
53c7,8xx.o aic7xxx dmx3191d.o gdth.o iscsi.o
pci2220i.o qlogicfc.o sim710.o u14-34f.o
a100u2w.o aic7xxx_mod.o dpt_i2o.o g_NCR5380.o megaraid.o
pcmcia qlogicisp.o sr_mod.o ultrastor.o
aacraid.o aic7xxx.o dtc.o ide-scsi.o NCR53c406a.o
ppa.o scsi_debug.o st.o wd7000.o
advansys.o AM53C974.o eata_dma.o imm.o ncr53c8xx.o
psi240i.o scsi_mod.o sym53c416.o
aha152x.o atp870u.o eata.o in2000.o osst.o
qla1280.o sd_mod.o sym53c8xx.o
aha1542.o BusLogic.o eata_pio.o initio.o pas16.o
qla2x00.o seagate.o t128.o

Since I understand that I have to create an image for my booting
process, I created one with the following

[root@tinkerbell scsi]# cd /boot/

mkinitrd initrd-2.4.9-12smp.img 2.4.9-12smp --preload scsi_mod
--with=sd_mod --with=sym53c8xx -v

Using modules: ./kernel/drivers/scsi/scsi_mod.o
./kernel/drivers/scsi/sd_mod.o ./kernel/drivers/scsi/sym53c8xx.o
Using loopback device /dev/loop1
/sbin/nash -> /tmp/initrd.QCmw3a/bin/nash
/sbin/insmod.static -> /tmp/initrd.QCmw3a/bin/insmod
`/lib/modules/2.4.9-12smp/./kernel/drivers/scsi/scsi_mod.o' ->
`/lib/modules/2.4.9-12smp/./kernel/drivers/scsi/sd_mod.o' ->
`/lib/modules/2.4.9-12smp/./kernel/drivers/scsi/sym53c8xx.o' ->
Loading module scsi_mod with options
Loading module sd_mod with options
Loading module sym53c8xx with options

Here's my /etc/modules.conf

[root@tinkerbell /boot]# cat /etc/modules.conf

alias eth0 eepro100
alias eth1 eepro100
alias scsi_hostadapter1 sym53c8xx
alias parport_lowlevel parport_pc
alias scsi_hostadapter2 sym53c8xx
alias scsi_hostadapter3 sym53c8xx
alias scsi_hostadapter4 sym53c8xx

After creating the initrd image, I wanted to make sure that it will
mount the correct device:

[root@tinkerbell /boot]# zcat initrd-2.4.9-12smp.img > /tmp/smp
[root@tinkerbell /boot]# mount /tmp/smp -t ext2 /mnt/smpimg/ -o loop

[root@tinkerbell /boot]# cd /mnt/smpimg/

[root@tinkerbell smpimg]# vi linuxrc

Here's the content of mkinitrd generated /linuxrc


echo "Loading scsi_mod module"
insmod /lib/scsi_mod.o
echo "Loading sd_mod module"
insmod /lib/sd_mod.o
echo "Loading sym53c8xx module"
insmod /lib/sym53c8xx.o
mount -t proc /proc /proc
echo Mounting /proc filesystem
echo Creating root device
mkrootdev /dev/root
echo 0x0100 > /proc/sys/kernel/real-root-dev
umount /proc
echo Mounting root filesystem
mount --ro -t ext2 /dev/root /sysroot
pivot_root /sysroot /sysroot/initrd

I saw a posting on the net saying that I should have this edited as


echo "Loading scsi_mod module"
insmod /lib/scsi_mod.o
echo "Loading sd_mod module"
insmod /lib/sd_mod.o
echo "Loading sym53c8xx module"
insmod /lib/sym53c8xx.o
mount -t proc /proc /proc
echo Mounting /proc filesystem
echo Creating root device
mkrootdev /dev/root
echo 0x0100 > /proc/sys/kernel/real-root-dev
umount /proc
echo Mounting root filesystem
mount --ro -t ext2 /dev/root /sysroot
cd /sysroot ## CD to
/sysroot first
pivot_root /sysroot /sysroot/initrd ## Do pivot_root
exec /sbin/init "$@" ## Execute

After which I added this line my /etc/lilo.conf file:

append="initrd=/boot/initrd-2.4.9-12smp.img root=/dev/ram0
init=/linuxrc rw"

Reran lilo

[root@tinkerbell /root]# lilo -v

LILO version 21.4-4, Copyright (C) 1992-1998 Werner Almesberger
'lba32' extensions Copyright (C) 1999,2000 John Coffman

Reading boot sector from /dev/sda
Merging with /boot/boot.b
Mapping message file /boot/message
Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.2-2smp
Mapping RAM disk /boot/initrd-2.4.2-2smp.img
Added linux
Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.2-2
Mapping RAM disk /boot/initrd-2.4.2-2.img
Added linux-up *
Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.9-12smp ## Entry for SMP kernel
Added 2.4.9smp
Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.9-12-smp-4th
Added custom
/boot/boot.0800 exists - no backup copy made.
Writing boot sector.

Now for the real fun part, when I reboot I get the following error:

"VFS: Cannot open root device "ram0" or 01:00
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs on 01:00 "

I have tried other approaches but to no avail. I decided that I seek
assistance from you
hoping that you will be kind and patient enough to help me.

Thanks in advance,

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