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    Kernel panic : VFS : unable to mount root fs on 03:02 error

    hi there i'm very new to compiling a new kernel and i'm facing with an error which says
    Kernel panic : VFS : unable to mount root fs on 03:02
    on the other hand, i installed Red Hat via Virtual Box on windows 7. and you can see the steps i followed to compile my new kernel

    $ make mrproper
    $ make menuconfig
    $ make dep
    $ make clean
    $ make bzImage
    $ ls -l arch/i386/boot (to check if Image was created or not)
    $ make modules
    $ make modules_install
    $ /sbin/mkinitrd /boot/initrd-2.4.20-100.img 2.4.20-100
    $ cp arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/bzImage-KERNEL_VERSION
    $ cp /boot/
    $ ln -s /boot/ /boot/
    and after i compiled new kernel i editted /etc/grub.conf with adding lines

    title My Opsys Kernel (2.4.20-100)
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /bzImage-2.4.20-100 ro root=/dev/hda2 hdc=ide-scsi
    initrd /initrd-2.4.20-100.img

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    Linux Engineer hazel's Avatar
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    May 2004
    Harrow, UK
    What matters is how you configured the kernel before making it. If you're not using an initrd, you need to have three things compiled right in, not as modules: your hard drive motherboard controller, your hard drive driver (probably PATA/SATA in a modern kernel) and your root filesystem driver (for example ext3). If you are using an initrd, you need to create one (most distros have a script for that called something like mkinitrd).

    Building a kernel is tricky if you don't know what you are doing. Do you have a special reason for wanting to build one?
    "I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"

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