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Date:	Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:07:59 -0500
From:	Gene Heskett <>
To:	Randy Dunlap <>
Subject: Re: i386_defconfig for 3.13.2?

On Wednesday 12 February 2014, Randy Dunlap wrote:
>On 02/12/2014 11:08 AM, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> Greetings, not making any progress on newer kernel builds yet.
>> So I unpacked 3.13.2 this morning and copied its
>> arch/x86/i386_defconfig to .config.
>> Ran make oldconfig, then 3 or 4 sessions of xconfig removing stuff that
>> isn't for my hardware & generally making lots of modules where I wasn't
>> sure.
>> But, my "makeit" script, when it makes the initrd, spits out this, and
>> note the not always final "/"
>> now making a new /boot/initrd.3.13.2.img
>> find: `/lib/modules/3.13.2/kernel/arch': No such file or directory
>> find: `/lib/modules/3.13.2/kernel/arch': No such file or directory
>> find: `/lib/modules/3.13.2/kernel/arch/': No such file or directory
>> find: `/lib/modules/3.13.2/kernel/arch/': No such file or directory
>> find: `/lib/modules/3.13.2/kernel/arch/': No such file or directory
>> find: `/lib/modules/3.13.2/kernel/arch/': No such file or directory
>> find: `/lib/modules/3.13.2/kernel/arch/': No such file or directory
>> find: `/lib/modules/3.13.2/kernel/arch/': No such file or directory
>> find: `/lib/modules/3.13.2/kernel/arch/': No such file or directory
>> And indeed that directory does not exist.
>> And that string does not exist in the .config.
>> Does this ring any bells?
>Not for me, but building the initrd (or initramfs) may be
>distro-specific. You might have to share the command that was used for
>that and maybe even the script that was executed (like /sbin/mkinitrd --
>where yours and mine are probably different depending on distros).
>Have you (your script) already run 'make install' at this point?
>AFAIK, that should have created /lib/modules/3.13.2/kernel/arch/ and some
>other subdirectories there.

I finally got thru a makeit, using the original version I last whacked at a 
year or so back.

I blew the tree away, unpacked it fresh and did another make oldconfig. 
I copied the Makefile in from 3.12.9, edited the version & ran it, BOOM.

I had some crypto stuff as modules, but finally I said the only thing I can 
do is lock out root, called up a make menuconfig, went down to the crypto 
section and set it to M for all previously cleared crypto things.  Worked, 
the /lib/modules/3.13.2/crypto tree is created and populated and 
mkinitramfs works as advertised.  Now for a boot test, but at least the SOB 

15  minutes later, boot test is abject failure, only gets to "booting the 
kernel" on the tty screen and stops.

One last q:  What is the syntax to make this command line:

ccache make -j2 bzImage

Its using 98% of all 4 cores of this phenom, which is currently sitting at 
about 78.8F ATM, but which will be above 260F 3 to 4 seconds after I start 
a compile.  Its ignoring the -j2 & lighting up all 4 cores like a movie 
marquee in gkrellm's cpu displays.

Thanks for any more insight Randy.

Cheers, Gene
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