[Netkit.users] modules not loaded error

Massimo Rimondini rimondin at dia.uniroma3.it
Wed Jul 21 11:03:30 CEST 2010

Dear Ashish,

> I find that kernel modules fail to load when I specify a relative path
> to the kernel. For example:
> $ vstart -k mydir/netkit-kernel-i386-K2.8/netkit-kernel
> The UML machine starts up but gives this error:
> Modules directory not mounted.
> Loading kernel modules...FATAL: Could not load
> /lib/modules/ No such file or directory
> Setting kernel variables (/etc/sysctl.conf)...done.
> Setting up networking....
> Configuring network interfaces...modprobe: FATAL: Could not load
> /lib/modules/ No such file or directory

Well, yes, this is indeed a bug. Thank you for signaling

> If I use an absolute path instead:
> $ vstart -k /home/ashish/mydir/netkit-kernel-i386-K2.8/netkit-kernel
> then it correctly loads the modules. Fine, but now I'm trying to set
> the kernel path within a lab.conf file. I have:
> pc1[kernel]=$HOME/.nettle/netkit/download/netkit-kernel-i386-K2.8/netkit-kernel
> and the modules are not loaded. I've tried adding a slash and a slash
> dot to the beginning of the path, but get the same results. Is ther
> any way to make this work?

Please try the attached patch, which is supposed to be applied to
vstart. It should enable environment variable expansion in kernel paths
and therefore solve your problem.

> Thank you.

You're welcome.


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