I'd like to up my V1 I-O to Redhat 7.1 - but I'm tired of taking the I-O apart to upgrade. I have networking working with a Kawasaki chip USB adaptor (thanks to Booker) and am trying to figure out how to do a network install. I can copy the Redhat install boot image and the Redhat Initial Ram Disk to my DOS partition but the network install image does not have support for the USB ethernet adaptor.
If I can modify the Redhat INITRD I should be able to INSMOD the Kaweth USB driver. Does anybody know how to hack an INITRD file? This would make an FTP or NFS install possible. I have been unsuccessful mounting the file through the loopback device.
I believe the initial ram disks are made by calling /sbin/mkinitrd with the vmlinuz and System.map files, and it consults /etc/modules.conf, or the the System.map file made from /etc/modules.conf. I have no advice for you on how to get those files for the network boot diskette, but you might try this link, from http://silkhat.sourceforge.net :
"If you want to build custom Red Hat Linux installation CDs with these packages integrated in, you will probably be interested in reading my fix-rhcd page at http://www.ajusd.org/~edward/fix-rhcd/ which gives detailed instructions about burning Red Hat Linux CDs and integrating updated packages into the install.
I Googled up a pretty complete set of instructions at http://boudicca.tux.org/mhonarc/ma-linux/2000/2000-Oct/msg00669.html
with which I was able to uncompress and loop mount the initrd.img file from the network boot disk image on the 7.1 CD.
Now I can insert the Pegasus.o or Kaweth.o module but I don't know how to invoke them. The install initrd does not have anything like a table of mfg/model numbers like the full 7.1 has in /lib/modules/2.4.2-2/modules.usbmap. I could insmod the module but I don't see where I can do that either.
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