[Cbe-oss-dev] Problems building the ps3-linux branch

Julio M. Merino Vidal jmerino at ac.upc.edu
Fri Mar 16 03:21:22 EST 2007

On 15/03/2007, at 16:23, Arnd Bergmann wrote:

> On Thursday 15 March 2007, Julio M. Merino Vidal wrote:
>> Then, the kernel starts up but when it is time to exec init, it says:
>> Warning: Unable to open an initial console.
>> I've also tried multiple other things, such as 1. building a kernel
>> without modules support and keeping everything in it, 2. not using an
>> initrd at all, or 3. reusing the initrd for the default YDL5 kernel.
>> All tests failed with the above or with a message saying that the
>> kernel could not find init (even though it seemed to correctly mount
>> the root partition).
>> I'm not sure why this is failing, nor have been able to find a
>> solution.  Any clue?
> My guess is that your root partition does not have the /dev/null
> and /dev/console nodes and for some reason your initrd fails to
> create them before they are accessed the first time.

I've inspected the default initrd in YDL5 and all I can see is that  
they have the appropriate devices in their /dev, but they contain  
virtually nothing else (except for a /init).

> You could try the following commands to make sure they exist on
> your root partition:
> mount --bind / /mnt
> cp -a /dev/* /mnt/dev/
> umount /mnt
> then boot again without an initrd.

OK thanks, will try tomorrow.  Booting without initrd could be  

Julio M. Merino Vidal <jmerino at ac.upc.edu>

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