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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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