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

From: mirabilos (
Date: Fri Feb 02 2001 - 08:54:44 EST

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Ford" <>
To: "Michael J. Dikkema" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2001 11:58 PM
Subject: Re: 2.4.1 - can't read root fs (devfs maybe?)

> "Michael J. Dikkema" wrote:
> > 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?
> This symlink doesn't exist/isn't usable for boot. Use the qualified
> pathname.
> I.e. /dev/discs/disc0/part1 points to /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part1
> on my machine.
> Use that pathname.
> -d

I am used to do "root=0301" on the lilo prompt to avoid that.
Right it works when devfs is mounted at boot (kernel config)
and you change the lilo.conf from:



 append="root=0301 vga=3845"


 append="root=/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part1 vga=3845"

Maybe the append= thing shortly spoken of in the devfs docu is important.
And at boot time _there are no symlinks_ !!

When init=/bin/bash fails, you prolly have an empty /dev on your root fs
(as usual when doing devfs) and automount _off_. Turn it on.


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