Juan Casero wrote:
> Ok. I did what you told me to do below and I ran into another problem
> possibly a bug.
> I downloaded a plain vanilla 2.4.0 kernel. Applied the
> and configured the kernel. I checked to make sure that the kgcc line was
> in the top level Makefile of the kernel source tree and went ahed and
> installed the kgcc
> package from the RedHat CD. I configured the kernel and just to be safe
> decided to send
> a binary image to the floppy disk in the dive rather than muck around with
> the kernel images
> on the disk. So here is the commands I issued:
> # make dep;make clean;make bzdisk
Umm well that isn't going to work :-(
The kernel with XFS compiled in will be to large to fit on a floppy.
If you are concerned about kernel versions simply modify the flag
EXTRAVERSION in the top level Makefile to some unique name.
Add the new kernel name to /etc/lilo.conf
make clean depend bzImage modules install modules_install
The reset is odd... probably a general linux bug rather
than an XFS specific bug.
> Well the compile seem to go ok but when the make file started to copy the
> kernel image
> to the floppy disk in the drive suddenly the system rebooted! I did this
> twice and each time
> before the kernel image dump could complete the system spontaneously
> rebooted. The upside
> of this is that I was able to see the journaling features of the XFS in
> action or should I say not see
> them! The reboot went smooth as a whistle. It was almost as if the system
> had been properly shutdown
> and restarted. It rebooted without even a hiccup! The down side of this
> though is that this might be indicative
> of a bug in the code. Any ideas?
> I currently use an SMP Pentium III system with 2 processors. The motherboard
> is a Tyan Tiger 100 Rev B.
> Well I guess if I insist on tinkering with beta code then there are some
> inconveniences I will have to live with.
> It is worth it though to be able to use XFS. Even so if you have any
> suggestions I will gladly try them. I don't
> think it would be too much trouble to recreate the scenario on a similar
> system in your lab. I will say though that
> I did install the update glibc-2.2 rpms from redhat's update pages.
> Eric Sandeen wrote:
> > Juan Casero wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi -
> > > 1. For some reason when the system boots there is no device file for my
> > > IDE cdrom. <snip>
> > Nothing to fix - the installed system is using devfs and nodes do not
> > show up until the appropriate driver is loaded. /dev is a virtual
> > filesystem like /proc so changes are not consistent. If you turn off
> > devfs you will need to get updated kernel sources from CVS or you will
> > encounter a bug which is masked by devfs. Read our installer caveats
> > page, and search google for "devfs faq"
> > > 2. If I download a plain vanilla 2.4.0 kernel and then apply the XFS
> > > patch available the kernel compile will die with an error. In fact
> > > I even tried to generate the kernel binaries that came on the cdrom
> > > you provide using the source rpms but the compile process also died.
> > > If you like I can send you a copy of the error output from my attempt
> > > to compile the plain vanilla 2.4.0 kernel with the patch
> > > applied.
> > You didn't say what the error is but odds are you need to use kgcc
> > instead of the gcc snapshot redhat provides. If it dies almost
> > immediately then that's likely the case.
> > Search the patched top level Makefile for "kgcc" and follow the
> > instructions in the comments.
> > > 3. Trying to compile the NVIDIA_kernel-0.9-6 driver from RPMS succeeds
> > > on this modified redhat 7.0 distribution but trying to load the modules
> > > fails and I get an error message about unresolved symbol irq_stat.
> > I get that too, I haven't looked at it closely - not sure what the
> > problem is, except that binary kernel modules can't really be supported
> > and will eventually break.
> > > By the way.....when do you expect that the source code for XFS will
> > > integrated into the mainstream kernel sources? That is when is it
> > > likely that we will be able to download a plain vanilla linux kernel
> > > source and
> > > compile it with native support for XFS without having to apply patches?
> > That's up to Linus... :-)
> > Good luck,
> > -Eric