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SubjectRe: OOPS on 2.4.17 -18pre4 while mounting root (reiserfs, on LVM, devfs)
> VFS: Mounted root (reiserfs filesystem) readonly. 
> devfs: devfs_do_symlink(root): could not append to parent, err: -17
> change_root: old root has d_count=2

17 == EEXIST

Your mkinitrd creates /dev/root in any form and devfs_do_symlink(root)
fails. We had the same pornlem in mandrake and Juan ended up commenting
it out in fs/super.c:

// devfs_mk_symlink (NULL, "root", DEVFS_FL_DEFAULT,
// name + 5, NULL, NULL);

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