Re: [2.5.51] Failure to mount ext3 root when ext2 compiled in

From: Andrew Morton (
Date: Sat Dec 14 2002 - 05:11:52 EST

Mohamed El Ayouty wrote:
> Hi,
> This sounds more like the bug I have opened:
> where if CONFIG_DEVFS_FS = Y and CONFIG_DEVFS_MOUNT = Y, you will get:
> VFS: Cannot open root device "hda2" or 03:02
> Please append a correct "root=" boot option
> Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03:02
> I worked around it by enabling CONFIG_UNIX98_PTYS = Y under the
> character devices.
> But, a recent update to the bug shows that a patch was posted but nobody
> cared.
> Personally, I think the patch should be merged.

You mean this one?

It appears to simply disable internal mounting of devfs.

In which kernel did this problem first appear? There were
devfs changes in 2.5.51.
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