problem mounting ramdisk

Andreas Schreckenberg ASchreckenberg at
Wed Jan 10 02:54:36 EST 2001

Tania Oka wrote:


> I had a similar problem (with the "attempt to access beyond end of device" symptom)
> when the size of my initrd exceeded the ...

Thanks a lot. Yes indeed the problem was the ramdisk size.

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ram bs=1k count=4096
mke2fs -m0 /dev/ram

I changed Line 3 (give mke2fs the right number of blocks):
mke2fs -vm0 /dev/ram 4096 and add the line ramdisk_size=4096 to the kernel.

RAM disk driver initialized:  16 RAM disks of 4096K size
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem).
Freeing unused kernel memory: 36k init 28k prep 4k pmac 12k open firmware

Vola. The ramdisk starts.

But my sash do not come up.
The kernel hangs without panic issues.

I used in /bin (the sash seems to be a little big):
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root     root       467284 Jan  5 11:32 sash
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root     root            4 Jan  5 17:19 sh -> sash

hhl-ppc_7xx-sash-3.4-5.noarch.rpm  (alien -t because I use debian)
                         ^ ??? (the problem)
-> hhl-ppc_7xx-sash-3.4.tgz
(from the Monta Vista Hardhat /pub/CDK/1.2/latest/PowerPC/ppc_7xx/RPMS)

I compiled the kernel with CONFIG_BINFMT_ELF without CONFIG_SASH.
Do I need CONFIG_BINFMT_ELF32 or CONFIG_SASH ? What the difference ?

When I try to cross compile the sash:
powerpc-linux-gcc -static -s -o sash sash.o cmds.o cmd_dd.o cmd_ed.o cmd_grep.o cmd_ls.o cmd_tar.o cmd_gzip.o cmd_find.o
cmd_file.o cmd_chattr.o cmd_ar.o utils.o
/usr/local/powerpc-linux/bin/ld: cannot open crt1.o: No such file or directory
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make: *** [sash] Error 1

crt1.o = "c run time environment"

What's my problem ? I'm a bloody newbie to linux kernel/cross development :-)
Hope I am not offtopic here.

I installed gcc-2.95.2 and binutils- on my host described in
(enough to build the kernel)

Is there anybody who can give me a valid ramdisk_image for a PPC750 System.
I need: cat,ls,insmod,bash and sash
(the ramdisk should be not greater then 16M)
Write to: ASchreckenberg at

Any help would be welcome...

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