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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:54 am    Post subject: [SOLVED] hang on 'freeing unused kernel memory' Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I'm having some trouble getting Gentoo to work on a new Toshiba NB500 netbook (with an Atom N550 processor).

It appears that the kernel I've compiled 'hangs' on the 'Freeing unused kernel memory' message. It's not a complete hang, as I can flip caps lock on and off, and shift + page up/down work. I can't see any error messages being output to the console. It just seems that it won't continue and run init.

I've tried the default kernel on the Debian live CD, and that works fine, but I want a kernel that's light, optimised and doesn't use an initrd.

Has anyone else experienced a problem like this? Could you please provide some suggestions? Thanks!

My kernel configuration can be found here.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try:
Code:
CONFIG_DEVTMPFS=y
CONFIG_DEVTMPFS_MOUNT=y
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aquous wrote:
Try:
Code:
CONFIG_DEVTMPFS=y
CONFIG_DEVTMPFS_MOUNT=y


That worked, thank you very much!

Out of my curiosity, could you elaborate on:

  • what was the problem?
  • why does having devtmpfs available and mounted early in the boot process fix this problem?
  • why did this problem did not arise on my main PC with Gentoo?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-880149.html
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aquous wrote:
http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-880149.html


Thanks again!
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