[Gllug] Booting diskless with an initrd

John Winters john at sinodun.org.uk
Sun Jul 25 09:50:58 UTC 2004

I'm revisiting a problem which defeated me in the past.

I have a diskless mini-ITX box which I can boot over the network using
PXELINUX.  The one thing I've never managed to do is to get it to boot
with an initrd.  I have to build my own kernel with all the necessary
drivers built in instead of using standard Debian kernels.

Anyone ever succeeded in doing this?  The documentation is more than a
little patchy.  I've got as far as getting the boot code to load both
the kernel and the initrd over the network, then the kernel starts and
after about a page it stops with:

cramfs: wrong magic
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 01:00

Anyone know what magic incantation is required?


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