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Re: mkinitrd, ramdisk failure?

To: stimits@xxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: mkinitrd, ramdisk failure?
From: Russell Cattelan <cattelan@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 23:45:05 -0500
Cc: "XFS: linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx" <linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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"D. Stimits" wrote:

> Matt Ryan wrote:
> >
> > sorry, I meant to write that to the list as well.  I just wrote:
> >
> > gzip -dc your.img > somefile
> > mount -o loop somefile somedir
> >
> > also, just running mkinitrd with the verbose (-v) option is pretty
> > helpful too
> > (not sure if you were doing that already).
> I've done -v, and also mounted each of the initrd images since then. I
> definitely have the three modules I know of which are required:
> pagebuf.o
> xfs.o
> xfs_support.o

note the modules must load in this order

When specifying them on the command  the order they are
given is the order they are loaded.

The mkinird.xfs in the source tree just added the modules to the
basicmodules  list rather than having to list them by hand on the command

Note the 0.9 release of XFS installed  xfs as modules using mkinitrd.xfs to
the initrd,  the 0.10 and 1.0 release did not do this since  boots seem to
take slightly
less time with xfs in the kernel.

> Perhaps there is some kind of argument or order required that I don't
> have? Or, since I compiled the kernel on RH 7.1 and used kgcc, would
> there be some sort of change required to the compile of mkinitrd.xfs to
> make it use kgcc as well? I noticed this URL does not have mkinitrd.xfs
> man page:
> http://oss.sgi.com/projects/xfs/manpages.html
> ...and the cvs cmd/xfsmisc/ does not seem to produce one either. My
> assumption is that this and the original mkinitrd are identical
> (incidentally, I turned in a report to RH bugzilla that their man page
> does not match the command line option syntax of mkinitrd --help...the
> latter is accurate, the former not for --preload=<module>).
> So can *anyone* verify that it really is possible to run XFS as modules?
> If so, can I get a list of modules you have under lsmod? Or if you
> remember, a sample of the mkinitrd.xfs line used?
> D. Stimits, stimits@xxxxxxxxxx
> >
> > Matt
> >
> > >
> > > While I'm convinced that this is the basic problem, I can't figure out
> > > what is missing. Matt Ryan gave me one very useful command to mount my
> > > initial ramdisk on loopback and see what it actually contains. I can

Russell Cattelan

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