[Soekris] Soekris boot - hangsup on /sbin/init - using lfs with glibc 2.3.2

Jamie Curtis jpc2 at cs.waikato.ac.nz
Mon Aug 4 21:03:58 UTC 2003

On Mon, 4 Aug 2003, J.P. Mathew wrote:

> Problem: Compiled a full lfs system with current sources including glibc 
> 2.3.2, kernel 2.4.20 and gcc 3.2.3 using Ryan Oliver's notes on "pure 
> lfs" on the net.  I have used Mike Machado's  .config (since Mike's 
> system booted OK on the Soekris) and the new system loads perfectly on 
> my PC. But when I load it on the Soekris (using PXE boot), it hangsup on 
> loading /sbin/init. Initial boot messages are perfectly OK.

I had exactly this problem on a home built Glibc. For us it turned out we 
were not specifying the subarchitecture when compiling glibc, and it 
automatically detected an i686 processor and compiled with optimizations 
for that.

If you didn't specify the subarchitecture you can do it with the following 
option to glibc's configure:


You could probably use i486 but we stuck with the lowest common 

Interestingly even though it was compiled for i686, the i586 compatible
Geode processor based board we have didn't seem to care, so I presume it
is a difference between the i486 and i586 that causes the problem.


    Jamie Curtis                       email: jpc2 at cs.waikato.ac.nz
    WAND Group                       Lab G1.03 phone +64 21 392 102
    Computer Science Department, University of Waikato, New Zealand

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