[Klug-general] Baffled by Kxbxnxu nxtxoxkxnx Gentoo

james morris james at jwm-art.net
Fri Feb 5 10:56:58 UTC 2010

On 4/2/2010, "George Prowse" <george.prowse at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Here are some essential links for you:
>>> http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/xorg-config.xml
>>> http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/nvidia-guide.xml
>>> http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/ati-faq.xml
>>> http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/desktop/kde/kde4-guide.xml
>>> http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/gnome-config.xml
>>> http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/fluxbox-config.xml
>>> http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/openbox.xml
>>> All of those are at http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/list.xml?desc=1
>> i'm near giving up, but then decided to just try muddling through
>> emerging stuff i want and let it get on with it and hope any
>> misconfigurations can be fixed later.
>> gentoo is a nightmare to setup, but the way i'm downloading&  building
>> source in debian testing is a nightmare to maintain.
>> james.
>literally anything can be fixed as long as you can emerge irssi ;)
>Btw, once you have set it up a couple of times you realise why it is the
>way it is and it soon becomes *really* easy.
>I've installed many systems over ssh if you need any help but it seems
>like you've installed Gentoo already. Remember, Gentoo has no GUI - it
>is for you to decide which GUI you want, if you want one of course.

Hi George,

Two big problems:

1) after compiling a custom kernel.
   i firstly tried the exact same setup i have in debian testing. this
totally failed, my knowledge of what to put into an initrd using
mkinitrd failed. so i rebuilt the kernel (many many many many times)
with file systems and block device drivers builtin instead of as
modules. still fails: "unable to mount root fs on unknown block (0,0)"
   what is "unknown block (0,0)"? i've specified grub to use (hd0,7)
which is the /boot partition for gentoo, and i've passed root=uuid= the
uuid of /.

2) seeing as i'm attempting to use the same kernel and config (except
2.6.31.n where n++) as i am in debian testing, i decided to add debian
testing to the (gentoo installed) grub. this fails utterly to boot. i'm
wondering tho if that's anything to do with debian testing using grub2.
after some brief googling, added chainloader+1 to attempt to get gentoo
grub to chainload grub2. that fails too.

Otherwise, i've still got the gentoo kernel i built with genkernal so
can use the pc atleast... got a usable xdm+fluxbox install (which is
what i use normally), and i'm writing this in firefox, not having any
major problems...

Do you know of any good doc resources which might point me in the right
direction here? I've looked through gentoo.org and asked on #gentoo. I
got some pointers which have helped, but still missing something.


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