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Description of problem:
1. / on LVM1
2. /boot on ext3
mkinitrd does not produce a bootable system. this affects both an upgrade from
rh8 to rh9 & a new kernel install.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install a new RedHat-packaged kernel
2. Reboot on the new kernel
Actual Results: Kernel Panic: no root found
Expected Results: System should boot
When creating a new initrd, mkinitrd embeds insmod.static but not
insmod.static.old. As a result, no module can be loaded at next boot time & I
end-up with a "Kernel Panic" because no root can be found.
This bug is of the "How could this ever work?" type. It was already present on
RedHat Linux 8. The patch applies to both rh9 & rh8.
Created attachment 95294 [details]
Embed both old & new insmod
This is because you installed module-init-tools which move things around poorly
on the system. If you want to use 2.4 and 2. kernels, install the modutils
from rawhide which also includes the module-init-tools stuff but in a way that
doesn't break backwards compatibility.
1. I do not play with 2. kernels
2. I installed my initial rh8 from scratch (rh installed)
3. I upgraded from rh8 to rh9 booting from the rh9 cdrom
What is that bad in the above? Shall I assume from now that Rawhide is the only
insmod.static.old only ever exists if you install the upstream module-init-tools
which is only required for the 2.6 kernel. Otherwise, there is no
insmod.static.old to be concerned with.
And module-init-tools renaming binaries is *broken* and impossible for
distribution scripts to support.