Bug 86151 - No space left on device
Summary: No space left on device
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mkbootdisk
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Vrabec
QA Contact: David Lawrence
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-03-14 22:03 UTC by Lap Nguyen
Modified: 2007-03-27 04:01 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2004-11-09 15:19:47 UTC

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Description Lap Nguyen 2003-03-14 22:03:08 UTC
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Description of problem:
Kernel: 2.4.18-14

I run "mkbootdisk 2.4.18-14" at command prompt, but I get these error messages:

gzip: stdout: No space left on device
cat: write error: No space left on device
cat: write error: No space left on device

I determine there's no space left on the floppy disk (100% used). I have several
machines here, some I can run mkbootdisk, but some I can't (it produces the same
errors as above). 

what are other alternative ways to do 'mkbootdisk' to write onto different
devices or even its hard drive?

Can I use one floppy bootdisk for all of my machines if they have the same kernel?

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.mkbootdisk kernel_here
3.mkbootdisk kernel_here

Actual Results:  same errors as above

Additional info:

Comment 1 Gregory Miller 2003-12-30 20:33:18 UTC
I have a similar problem using RH9 with the latest kernel patch
2.4.20-27.9.  It works fine with 2.4.20-20.9, but with ...27.9 I
get the error:

cp:  writing `/tmp/mkbootdisk.gIKbeP/initrd.img': No space left on device
cat: write error: No space left on device
cat: write error: No space left on device

Note:  it is not the case that my /tmp or other file systems are

Comment 2 Peter Vrabec 2004-11-09 15:19:47 UTC
- U can compile your own smaller kernel and use mkbootdisk with it.
- Create iso image using mkbootdisk and burn iso on cdrom

U can use one floppy bootdisk for your machines, there is a copy of
kernel on the floppy bootdisk. But the kernel must include support for
machine hardware.

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