Kernel question: initrd/cramfs
> Since it is a moving target, kernel compilation is a difficult
> subject that may confuse even the most admired developer:
> [Debian Reference]
What is the status of initrd kernel building process (only on i386),
while using stock kernels (from kernel.org)?
Kernel-source-2.4.21 has some configuration problems.
(make xconfig does not work:
crypto/Config.in: 43: unknown command
make: *** [kconfig.tk] Error 1
make: Leaving directory `/usr/src/k21ter/scripts' )
Besides, it does not (yet) contain some of the features I need (e.g.
I have tried several post 2.4.21 versions, and for 2.4.22-pre3, while
using debian kernel-package 8.041, testing cramfsprogs 1.1-4 and
initrdtools (both 0.1.47 and 0.1.48), I was not able to boot:
RAMDISK: cramfs filesystem found at block 0
RAMDISK: loading 1032 blocks [1 disk] into ram disk... done.
Freeing initrd memory: 1032k freed
cramfs: wrong magic
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03:01
I have tried to find an answer searching on the net, so I
double-checked my configuration for:
# CONFIG_DEVFS_FS is not set
From kernel-source-2.4.20 I built quite a number of initrd kernels,
following the Debian way. For that, when I got the latest version of the
tools, the things worked. However, I am completely stuck now.
Is there an easy way to fix building of initrd kernels?
Or is it better to start building different kernels?
I expect this might be of interest for a number of people.