Re: 2.4.1 - can't read root fs (devfs maybe?)

From: Peter Samuelson (
Date: Thu Feb 01 2001 - 12:48:48 EST

  [Michael J. Dikkema]
> > I went from 2.4.0 to 2.4.1 and was surprised that either the root
> > filesystem wasn't mounted, or it couldn't be read. I'm using devfs.. I'm
> > thinking there might have been a change with regards to the devfs
> > tree.. is the legacy /dev/hda1 still /dev/discs/disc0/part1?
> >
> > I can't even get a shell with init=/bin/bash..

[John Jasen]
> Sounds like a lack of devfsd, which handles backwards compatibility
> for /dev entries.

devfsd does not start up until after the root filesystem is mounted, so
that's not it.

I don't think you can use the /dev/discs/ link for "root=". It was a
long time ago that I ran into this issue -- but as I recall, links with
'..' in them do not work before the vfs is fully operational. When I
brought it up with Richard he basically said "don't do that then".

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