Questions regarding the final stages of LFS install

Casey James Price linuxproject at
Sat Jan 8 13:59:48 PST 2005

Ok it looked as if this would work, but it still did not. I went through my
config and changed a few modules to be built in, because I realized I had
all of the IDE stuff supporting my Harddrive built as modules. It looked as
if it would get a little bit further, because it took a bit longer on
boot...but still panicked with:
"VFS: Cannot open root device 'hda4' or unknown-block(0,0)
Please append a correct 'root=/boot' option
Kernel Panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)"

So what might you suggest now?



-----Original Message-----
From: John [mailto:smartcat99s at] 
Sent: Friday, January 07, 2005 2:29 PM
To: LFS Support List
Subject: Re: Questions regarding the final stages of LFS install

Basically I have my menu.lst for grub set to:
> title        LFS-6.0
> root        (hd0,3)
> kernel     /boot/lfskernel- root=/dev/hda4
> boot
> it goes through the initial steps of booting, but then when it comes 
> time for VFS to mount the root fs it fails saying: "Kernel Panic: VFS 
> cannot mount root fs unknown on (3,4)" or something to that extent. If 
> I try booting up with just kernel  /boot/lfskernel- and no 
> "root=/dev/hda4" it fails similarly saying that I must specify a valid 
> "root=" option.

1. Your problem is solved in the FAQ.

[start lfs section]
title LFS-6.0
root (hd0,3)
kernel (hd0,3)/boot/lfskernel- root=/dev/hda4 [end lfs section]

you don't need the boot line, and your "cannot mount root FS" is due to that
you had ext3 built as a _module_ not _built in_ to the kernel, which you
fixed as described below.

> At first I thought the whole root= problem was something to do with 
> the fact that my lfs partition is ext3 and I had ext2 built into the 
> kernel, and ext3 as a module...but then I fixed this so both ext2 & 
> ext3 were built in.

Toss the initrd file, since you have ext3 built in.

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