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I am running Debian etch with the kernel 2.6.18-4-686 installed. cs12:~# linuxinfo Linux cs12 2.6.18-4-686 #1 SMP Mon Mar 26 17:17:36 UTC 2007 Eight Intel Unknown 1596MHz processors, 25539.67 total ...
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    Kernel Panic after kompiling new kernel on Debian etch


    I am running Debian etch with the kernel 2.6.18-4-686 installed.

    cs12:~# linuxinfo
    Linux cs12 2.6.18-4-686 #1 SMP Mon Mar 26 17:17:36 UTC 2007
    Eight Intel Unknown 1596MHz processors, 25539.67 total bogomips, 3291M RAM
    System library 2.3.6

    The hardware are:
    2x Xeon QuadCore
    5GIG RAM
    S-ATA disk

    The problem is that it only supports up to 4GIG ram so I recompiled the kernel with 2.6.20.7, this kernel works fine for me on other servers, but on this one i get this message on boot:

    "/sbin/init/ 432: cannot open dev/console no such file
    kernel panic - -not syncing : attemted to kill init."

    Any ideas? Or is there a way to install large memory support to the kernel that comes with the installation of debian etch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kang157
    Or is there a way to install large memory support to the kernel that comes with the installation of debian etch?
    I think you are looking for the package linux-image-686-bigmem (which is a virtual package depending on the latest linux-image-2.6.18-4-686-bigmem kernel), which provides support for up to 64G of RAM.
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    Thanks, but still I want to kompile my own kernel..

    I tried something new when I compiled, but not it says

    waiting 2 seconds for sda1
    waiting 4 seconds for sda1
    waiting 8 seconds...


    GRRRR:.

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    Which version of the kernel are you trying to compile?

    Keep in mind that the whole IDE/SATA struture of the kernel changed in kernels 2.6.19 and up. Also, are you using an initrd?

    I wrote a small tutorial here, perhaps it can give you an idea or two:
    http://technowizah.com/2005/12/debia...l-compile.html
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    I had to add the SATA modules.. :s doh.. thanks anyway..

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