Help! Bug with lilo and initrd?
I have a problem that I have been wrestling with now for a number of days
with no solution, and I'm hoping someone can help.
I have a stock 2.2.20 kernel with ramdisk and initrd support compiled in.
RAMdisk size is 64MB although I've also tried 32MB and 128MB.
I have tried kernel builds with module support and without (everything
I'm using the latest lilo I can find with the following config:
The server is a uni processor PIII server with 512MB of RAM
The sizes of my rootfs.img and kernel are:
8713856 Aug 7 12:55 rootfs.img (this is an ext2 compressed image)
787022 Aug 7 12:17 vmlinuz-2.2.20up (this is a monolithic bzImage kernel)
My problem is that when my kernel loads, lilo doesn't seem to load
the rootfs.img into RAM for the kernel to find. That is I don't get the
kernel message 'RAMDISK found at block 0' message and thus Linux panics with
something like "root file system not found on dev 1:0".
Lilo when building doesn't report any errors in fact it says it successfully
maps the RAMdisk ok
It almost seems like there is some finite size limit that my
rootfs.img+kernel is greater than, that stops the
RAMdisk being loaded or being found if it is infact being loaded at all.
Is there a finite limit on the size initrd can be? Enlarging the ramdisk
size doesn't seem to make any difference.
I have not tried a 2.4 level kernel as I need this to work consistently with
Any help much appreciated.
ps. Can you please reply to me directly, thanks.