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SubjectRe: booting without initrd
On 6/7/06, Ram Gupta <> wrote:
> I am trying to boot with 2.6.16 kernel at my desktop running fedora
> core 4 . It does not boot without initrd generating the message "VFS:
> can not open device "804" or unknown-block(8,4)
> Please append a correct "root=" boot option
> Kernel panic - not syncing : VFS:Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,4)

AFAIK Fedora sets up the kernel command line with "root=LABEL=/" in
grub.conf and therefore needs the initrd in order to work correctly.
If you do not want an initrd, then change this to
"root=/dev/<your_disk>" in grub.conf. Note that the reason Fedora uses
the LABEL is so you can move disks around in your system without a
problem, so you should be careful doing so after making the change.

Rahul Karnik
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