How do I install FreeBSD kernel source code?

Posted on in Categories last updated June 30, 2007

Q. I need to configure FreeBSD kernel but not able to find out source code in /usr/src/sys directory. How do I install FreeBSD source code?

A.Your kernel and all related source code is located at /usr/src/sys directory which is also accessible through the /sys path.

If there is not a /usr/src/sys directory on your system, then the kernel source has not been installed. The easiest way to do this is by running sysinstall as root, choosing Configure, then Distributions, then src, then base and sys
# sysinstall

Select Configure
Select Distributions
Select src
Then base and sys > Select ok

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Linux Kernel panic VFS Unable to mount root fs and solution

Posted on in Categories , last updated March 13, 2008

Q. I am using Linux on HP server and I am getting error that read as follows:
Linux Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs

How do I solve this problem?

A. Most modern distributions including Debian uses loadable kernel module for ext3 file system. So to read ext3/ext2 file system kernel must load ext3 kernel module (ext3.ko).

This module is included in an initrd image. If an initrd image is missing or that image does not include suitable kernel modules to access the ext3 filesystem on the partition, an error message (Linux Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs) will be displayed to you.

To solve this problem you need to use mkinitrd script that constructs a directory structure that can serve as an initrd root file system.

The instructions for creating initrd images are here on our site.