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Re: compiling kernels newer than 2.6.8

On Tue, 01 Feb 2005 18:10:00 -0400
Derek Broughton <derek@pointerstop.ca> wrote:

> Well, I have a debian-source 2.6.7 and a vanilla-source 2.4.27, I've
> compiled them both, both configured with CONFIG_CRAMFS=y and compiled
> with "make-kpkg --initrd" and (a) they both have an initrd file; (b)
> they boot :-); (c) my main file systems are indeed compiled into the
> kernel, but I'm pretty sure I tried both of these _without_ an initrd
> and couldn't boot them.  Possibly, I'm wrong on that - I just compile
> these things, I don't claim to understand them :-)  I _did_ think that
> if it even offered me a CONFIG_CRAMFS option, it must have the
> "cramfs" patch.-- 
> derek
OK, again:

cramfs _is_ part of the vanilla kernel. But with vanilla kernels it is
not possible to use a cramfs on an initrd if it is not patched against
the debian kernel patch. make-kpkg explicitly warns you about this if
you are using the --initrd option.

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