Using a stock kernel.org kernel on Fedora Core 5
May 6, 2006
If you like initrds, the stock Linux kernels from kernel.org should just compile and work. Install the
I don't like initrds, though. So one of the usual benefits of compiling
my own kernel is not needing one, so there's one fewer moving part in
my system environment. Unfortunately, Fedora Core 5 uses udev, which
introduces a problem: the normal initrd is what creates
Usually things blow up shortly afterward. (You're also missing
One way around this is to populate a basic
The simpler way out is just to make an initrd anyways, despite
theoretically not needing one.
It looks somewhat like the resulting 'generic' initrd does know what
your root filesystem is. Unfortunately the
Since I was in a rush yesterday, I opted to hold my nose a bit and use
the initrd approach. Thus, unfortunately, I have no idea what additional
steps making a real
Sidebar: inspecting initrds
Fedora Core 5 initrds are gzip'd cpio archives.
I will reluctantly concede that this is more convenient than the old approach of gziped filesystem images.
Written on 06 May 2006.
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