Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 72859
Boot diskette made using the Boot Diskette HOW-TO hang on boot.
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:46:07 EDT
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Description of problem:
Made custom Boot and Root diskettes from the boot diskette HOW-TO. Booting from
the boot diskette hangs with a cramfs error when uncompressing the kernel.
System booted fine with identically configured diskettes made on a 7.2 system.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Create a custom kernel with all hardware drivers required to run the system
configured into it.
2.Follow the instructions in 6.1-6.3 in (use lilo, or the direct method. Both
produce the same result.) http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Bootdisk-HOWTO/x703.html
Try booting the system with the boot diskette.
Actual Results: You get a cramfs error when the boot process tries
uncompressing the kernel.
Expected Results: The system should have booted from the boot diskette, then
asked for the diskette with the root filesystem on it.
I have made boot and root diskettes many, many times on RH 7.2 systems and never
had a problem. As a matter of fact, I got around this bug by making the
diskettes for this RH 7.3 system on an existing RH 7.2 system.
Are you sure that the floppy you were using wasn't bad?
Absolutely positive. I must have tried 4 or 5 different diskettes and I went
through the entire process from scratch 3 seperate times.
I originally encountered this on a Compaq Proliant ML 350. I even had the
floppy drive replaced since it was new and under warranty. Started from scratch
and still the same problem. Compaq suggested trying it on a non-Compaq system.
So I installed 7.3 on a clean, very generic clone, started from scratch and
with the same result.
At that point I stopped blaming the hardware and went back to what I knew
worked. I formatted the drive on the clone system and installed 7.2. I started
the diskettes completely from scratch and they worked the first time out. I
then reconfigured the kernel from 7.2 to match the Compaq's hardware, made
another set of disks and used those on the Compaq without problems.
I hope that answers your question.
Red Hat apologizes that these issues have not been resolved yet. We do want to
make sure that no important bugs slip through the cracks.
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Any bug still open against Red Hat Linux 7.3 or 9 at the end of 2006 will be
closed 'CANTFIX'. Again, if this bug still exists in a current release, or is a
security issue, please change the product as necessary. We thank you for your
help, and apologize again that we haven't handled these issues to this point.
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Closing as CANTFIX.