On Sat, 4 Oct 2003, William C. Shortell wrote:
> Tech support,
> 1) Can't boot from iso because it doesn't recognize SCSI system disks.
> Looking back, I might have been able to accomplish this if I had created
> a block driver disk. However, I just mounted the iso image and did an
> rpm install.
Does the stock RH driver work? What scsi card do you have? I'd be
surprised if the problem is specifically related to our installer, but
> 2) Once installed, I converted all but my / partition to xfs.
> Everything went absolutely fine. However, once I tried to convert the /
> partition to xfs I was unable to boot. Luckily, I was able to go back
> to my ext3 filesystem and get my machine up.
"unable to boot" isn't enough info to go on, what errors did you encounter?
I take it that you did not go through the full installer, since you
could not boot the iso, did you simply install the kernel, or?
> 3) I downloaded the linux-2.4.22 kernel and the xfs-2.4.22-all-i386.bz2
> file. Compiled and installed the kernel, modified my /etc/fstab file,
> and still couldn't boot. Linux kept trying to mount my / partition as
> ext3. When I listed the modules that were loaded, xfs was not one of
mkinitrd looks at fstab and modules.conf when deciding which modules
to include - try "-v" to see what it's adding. You can also specifically
include modules, try --with=xfs
> 4) Finally, after compiling xfs into the kernel and creating a new
> initrd image, I was able to boot.
Sounds like it all boils down to a bad initrd image.