Problems loading 2.5.54 kernel on PowerEdge 2550

Ryan Go ryan at
Wed Jan 8 09:55:00 CST 2003


2.5.x are development kernels. Unless you have some very specific need for
it, I suggest you look at the 2.4.x kernels.

	<< ryan

On Wed, 8 Jan 2003, Machuca, Adan L. wrote:

> I have had a "horrific" time getting a 2.5.x Linux kernel to load on our
> Dell PowerEdge 2550.
> When I compile the 2.5.x kernel, I get all kinds of compilation errors in
> the drivers/scsi
> section. (aha1542, PCI2000, PCI2220I, etc., got past by just removing them
> from the .config
> file; hoping that all I need is the AIC7xxx driver to compile..) Well, after
> finally compiling
> and getting a bzImage, I tried to boot and lo and behold... VFS kernel
> panic... After another
> 2 day of trying to figure out why, I found in the linux archives that for
> SCSI/RAID devices
> to boot; I needed to create a initrd/.img file with mkinitrd... Well okay we
> are on to something
> I thought... But when I go through that process, with the following
> command...
> mkinitrd /boot/initrd-2.5.54.img 2.5.54 (which looks at /etc/modules.conf)
> I get ....
> No module aic7xxx found for kernel 2.5.54
> but wait, when I did a make modules_install there in
> /lib/modules/2.5.54/kernel/drivers/scsi/aic7xxx are the following files, but
> with a .ko
> extension instead of a .o extension....
> aic79xx.ko  aic7xxx.ko
> so I copy aic7xxx.ko to aic7xxx.o and run
> mkinitrd /boot/initrd-2.5.54.img 2.5.54 again. I get
> No module aacraid found for kernel 2.5.54
> Which brings me to my problem. I cannot get my .config parameter to set
> CONFIG_SCSI_AACRAID=m in the 2.5.54 kernel tree.. and as a result cannot get
> the
> aacraid.o module to build. It's as if CONFIG_SCSI_AACRAID does not exist in
> the 2.5.54
> source config. When I manually set it in the .config, doing a make modules
> removes the
> entry, thus not allowing it to be built.....
> my /etc/modules.conf from a standard Redhat 8.0 install
> alias parport_lowlevel parport_pc
> alias eth0 e1000
> alias eth1 e1000
> alias scsi_hostadapter aic7xxx
> alias scsi_hostadapter1 aacraid
> Any help would be greatly appreciated....

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