mkinitrd prints bogus error message for module dm_linear

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 2


mkinitrd results in the following error message:
# mkinitrd -i /tmp/dst -k /boot/image-
Root device:    /dev/system/root (mounted on / as ext3)
Cannot determine dependencies of module dm_linear. Is modules.dep up to date?
Cannot determine dependencies of module dm_linear. Is modules.dep up to date?
Driver modules: scsi_mod sd_mod scsi_transport_fc qdio zfcp dm-mod dasd_mod
dasd_diag_mod dm-snapshot linear
initrd updated, zipl needs to update the IPL record before IPL!
The error message is triggered by a root file-system that is made up of two concatenated disks. The case of a single 'linear' disk is accounted for but not the case of more than one. 
mkinitrd believes it needs to include a module 'dm_linear' which doesn't exist.


There's no real problem, mkinitrd succeeds and the resulting initrd boots fine. However the messages might raise some questions or concern. A patch resolving the issue is included in mkinitrd -1.2-106.94.1.


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  • Document ID:7005443
  • Creation Date: 04-Mar-2010
  • Modified Date:24-Feb-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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