Re: Double trouble - NFS don't work, and then 2.2.19 -> 2.4.18 woes
--- Herbert Xu <email@example.com> wrote:
The same Herbert that greets me at boot time every time I boot?
(at least on 2.2.19, which is what I'm back to.)
> Phil Carmody <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Anyway, I noticed the initrd= option in the initrd manpage, and guessed that
> > I should add it to the environment variable in the initial alphabios screen,
> > so I now have tried all three of
> > boot sda3:/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.18-generic initrd=/inirtd.img root=/dev/sda3
> > boot sda3:/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.18-generic initrd=/boot/inirtd.img-2.4.18-generic root=/dev/sda3
> > boot sda3:/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.18-generic initrd=sda3:/boot/inirtd.img-2.4.18-generic
> > root=/dev/sda3
> > and they all do the same thing, which is a bit quick to describe in any
> > detail, bu here goes.
> > I get a 'this is a gzipped kernel' message, and about 3 rows of '#'s,
> > then some line with two 64-bit hex addresses in - ' bootstrap complete,
> > kernal at %llx, sp = %lls ' or something
> I suspect you would've seen a message saying that the initrd is too big.
I genuinely can't say that I've seen any message that looked like that, but
as I said the last 4 lines on the screen for about a 20th of a second, so
it's easy to miss them. Would they be logged anywhere? They aren't in
/var/log/anthing as far as can see, but I doubt the concept of /var/ even
makes any sense at this point.
> Unfortunately MILO is unable to load any initrd images lrager than 2M
> currently. What you can do is use the -k option to mkinitrd, which will
> leave a copy of the initrd in /tmp/.../initrd. Then you can delete
> any modules that you don't need in there. Once you're done, the initrd
> image can be regenerated with
> mkcramfs /tmp/.../initrd /initrd.img
I can tell I'm well out of my depth here. I don't know whether to work on a
"if I don't know what it is, keep it in" or a "if I don't know what it is,
chuck it out" basis. As I'm 3.5MB currently, I've got to get rid of about
half of them. Looking at the fs and scsi directories I hope I can do some
serious rm'ing. It's late, and I'll do that with a fresh brain tomorrow.
Thanks for the pointers. I hope I can get back to normal soon.
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