kernel panic -- can't open root device LABEL=/ (with 2.6.0-1.104 kernel)

Ernest L. Williams Jr. ernesto at
Mon Dec 29 07:52:44 UTC 2003


I have look back at previous postings concerning a kernel panic after
updating the kernel.

when I boot it I get a
VFS kernel panic error saying it cannot open root device LABEL=/ or

The above happens on the following kernels:


I do indeed have initrd images for the above kernels; so what is the
problem here?

Something interesting:
When the initrd images were being built I get the following:
[root at matrix boot]# /sbin/mkinitrd /boot/initrd-2.4.22-1.2135.nptl.img
copy from
/lib/modules/2.4.22-1.2135.nptl/./kernel/fs/jbd/jbd.o(elf32-i386) to
copy from
/lib/modules/2.4.22-1.2135.nptl/./kernel/fs/ext3/ext3.o(elf32-i386) to

Is that normal, the same happened with the 2.6 kernel?

By the way, I first did am up2date to get the 2.6.0-1.104 kernel. Then I
downloaded the 2.4.22-1.2135.nptl kernel and performed a "rpm -ivh

Ernest L. Williams Jr.

Ernest L. Williams Jr. <ernesto at>

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