Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 128169
mkinitrd *hangs* when kernel doesn't have block loopback support
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:46 EST
Description of problem: The summary says it all. I know what the man
page says; it's just that hanging isn't an acceptable response. The
script should test for block loopback support and produce a useful
error message if it's not there. Mkinitrd is a hidden step for
installing a kernel and if one has removed block loopback support in
building a custom kernel, it may not be until months later that one
finds it impossible to install a new kernel after hours of compilation
with no indication of what the problem is. And it wouldn't hurt to
put a warning comment in the kernel configuration script so this
apparently useless feature won't be removed so easily.
This won't be a problem with mkinitrd 4.x and 2.6 kernels.