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smp problems on AlphaServer 4100


I just spent the better part of a night trying to move from my custom 2.4.28 smp kernel to the stock 2.6.8-2-smp kernel on an AlphaServer 4100. For a long time the problem seemed to be in my aboot.conf entry. Here is the relevant lines:

5:1/vmlinuz-2.6.8-2-smp     ro root=/dev/sdb3 initrd=/initrd.img-2.6.8-2-smp
6:1/vmlinuz-2.6.8-2-generic ro root=/dev/sdb3 initrd=/initrd.img-2.6.8-2-generic

Booting line 5 fails very quickly because it cannot find the initrd file, but a line 6 boot works just fine. Of course, I did not figure out that generic would work until I had been working the problem for several hours. During those hours I tried just about everything I could like of from the interactive aboot prompt, variables of symbolic links to initrd.img, and locations for the initrd.imv all to no avail. Does this make sense? Has any one else seen this? Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for any enlightenment offered,


| Bill MacAllister, System Manager
| Nevada City School District

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