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Subjectinitrd FAILURE on linux-2.4.17
Hello,
As previously reported, Linux-2.4.17 fails to mount a ram-disk
upon boot so it is impossible to use a kernel that does not have
the root file-system drivers built-in.

The attached file contains the previously-used script that has
made successful RAM-Disks since version 2.0.n and/or even before.
Within that directory is a new/modified script 'try', that attempts
to follow the changed documentation in
linux-2.4.17/Documentation/initrd.txt
This attached file also contains the kernel configuration.

No matter what I do, the RAM disk is "found", but it is never
mounted so /linuxrc never is executed:

Hand copied:

Based upon Swansea Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd
VFS: Diskquotas version dquot_6.4.0 initialized
Detected PS/2 Mouse Port
pty: 256 Unix/98 ptys configured
block: 128 slots per queue, batch=32
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 4096K size 1024 blocksize
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
loop: loaded (max 8 devices)
Linux agpgart interface v0.99 (c) Jeff Hartmann
agpgart: Maximumm main memory to use for agp memory: 262M
agpgart: Detected Intel 440BX chipset
agpgart: AGP aperture is 64M @ 0xe4000000
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 2048 buckets, 16Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 32767 bind 32768)
Linux IP multicast router 0.06 plus PIM-SM
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
Freeing initrd memory: 581k freed
kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 01:00

Following advice, I also re-compiled the kernel non-SMP.
This did not help.


Cheers,
Dick Johnson

Penguin : Linux version 2.2.4 on an i686 machine (400.59 BogoMips).

I was going to compile a list of innovations that could be
attributed to Microsoft. Once I realized that Ctrl-Alt-Del
was handled in the BIOS, I found that there aren't any.

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