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Re: Custom Kernel problem



On Wed, 9 Apr 2003, John wrote:

> On Tue, 8 Apr 2003, Rajkumar S. wrote:
> 
> > 
> > Akash Malhotra wrote:
> > 
> > > mounting other file system :Mount fs ext3 not supported by kernel {FAILED}
> > 
> > Seems that you missed to compile ext3. Check your .config to see if 
> > CONFIG_EXT3_FS=y (or m if you have compiled it as a module)
> 
> On Red Hat Linux, EXT3 is built as a module. You need an initial ramdisk
> containing that and, maybe, other modules. Use the mkinitrd command to
> create it.

i have always been puzzled as to why red hat doesn't just ship
with ext3 support built into the kernel, given the potential
problems users will have if they recompile and forget to build
an initrd.

the story i've heard is that RH still considers ext3 to be
somehow experimental.  this story just doesn't make any sense
since ext3 is offered as the *default* filesystem during
install.

i think it's time for red hat to get a grip on reality, and
put ext3 into the kernel as it is shipped, to avoid these
sorts of problems in the future.

rday

p.s.  in case you haven't checked, the *entire* contents of
the shipped initrd.img is two modules: ext3 and jbd.
for *that* they force folks to deal with an initrd file?
not a good idea.





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