I am trying to boot the linux kernel (bzImage) in QEMU but have had issues. After asking on U&L I found out that my problem was that I was booting the kernel without a filesystem to boot from. So how can I create a VFS to boot the kernel image?

  • Your kernel has finished booting already. What you need now is the rest of your operating system - the userland part. What do you want that OS to do? Do you want a minimalist but functional Linux system? Do you want to create that yourself or use an existing distro? – Mat Jan 3 '13 at 9:21
  • It has not finished booting. It is looking for a hard drive (qemu's -hda flag). I dont know how to create a virtual hard drive file to make it run. – Coder404 Jan 4 '13 at 0:14
  • See it as you want, what you need is an OS. The kernel's done initializing itself. Now you need a Linux distro to boot. – Mat Jan 4 '13 at 7:11

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