I am trying to boot a machine using a version of the kernel (linux-184.108.40.206 - unpatched) that I have compiled and mount a small root filesystem.
I have created a small ext2 file system using the following:
dd if=/dev/zero of=rootfs.img bs=1k count=8000 mkfs.ext2 -i 1024 -F rootfs.img
I have populated in accordance with the following guide: http://blog.braslavsky.org/2010/01/embedded-linux-from-scratch-in-90.html So it has the necessary busybox binaries and an init script to run.
This all works fine when launching using QEMU to emulate a real machine i.e. the Kernel loads and mounts the rootfs e.g.:
qemu-system-x86_64 -m 64 -hda ./rootfs.img -kernel linux-220.127.116.11/arch/x86/boot/bzImage -append "root=/dev/sda init=/sbin/init"
However, I've tried to add my kernel binary (bzImage) and my rootfs (rootfs.img) to a VM running fedora 22 so that I can boot it using that. I've added the kernel to /boot and renamed it as appropriate. I then ran grub update or similar to regenerate /boot/grub2/grub.cfg and it successfully picked up my new kernel. All seemed well and I now get a boot loader menu for the VM.
I've tried to manually edit the grub.cfg file to mount my file system e.g. root=/rootfs.img.
However, when trying to boot the kernel, it loads but stalls complaining that it can't mount that particular VFS and throws a kernel panic.
Any ideas? Am I specifying my root file system incorrectly? I've even tried converting my rootfs to ext3, but it does not make a difference.
Is my approach doomed to fail?