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MFG Tool - boot kernel error :VFS: Cannot open root device "(null)"

Question asked by matt67 on May 30, 2016
Latest reply on Jun 7, 2016 by matt67

Hello All,


I'm playing with MFG Tool in order to flash my custom board. I'm using kernel 4.1.15-1.1.0 with initramfs but the MFG kernel isn't starting because of a VFS: Cannot open root device "(null)" or unknown-block(0,0): error -6


It seems that the boot command uses the right address for the ramfsimage, execept that there is not "root=


NB my uboot variant only add a special patch in order to support my custom board which embedds a PF3001 pmic. There is no other change, and the uboot is stable and working well in the regular boot process (not with MFG tool)

U-Boot 2015.04-imx_v2015.04_4.1.15_1.0.0_ga+gd7d7c43 (May 30 2016 - 17:17:00)

CPU:   Freescale i.MX6UL rev1.0 at 396 MHz
CPU:   Temperature 41 C
Reset cause: POR
Board: MX6UL 14x14 EVK PF3001 XXX
I2C:   ready
DRAM:  512 MiB
PMIC: PFUZE300 DEV_ID=0x31 REV_ID=0x11
*** Warning - bad CRC, using default environment

Display: TFT43AB (480x272)
Video: 480x272x24
In:    serial
Out:   serial
Err:   serial
switch to partitions #0, OK
mmc1 is current device
Net:   FEC1
Error: FEC1 address not set.

Boot from USB for mfgtools
Use default environment for                              mfgtools
Run bootcmd_mfg: run mfgtool_args;bootz ${loadaddr} ${initrd_addr} ${fdt_addr};
Hit any key to stop autoboot:  0
Kernel image @ 0x80800000 [ 0x000000 - 0x552ac0 ]
## Loading init Ramdisk from Legacy Image at 83800000 ...
   Image Name:   fsl-image-mfgtool-initramfs-imx6
   Image Type:   ARM Linux RAMDisk Image (gzip compressed)
   Data Size:    26945165 Bytes = 25.7 MiB
   Load Address: 00000000
   Entry Point:  00000000
   Verifying Checksum ... OK
## Flattened Device Tree blob at 83000000
   Booting using the fdt blob at 0x83000000
   Using Device Tree in place at 83000000, end 8300af94
ft_system_setup for mx6

Starting kernel ...

Booting Linux on physical CPU 0x0
Linux version 4.1.15-1.1.0-mfgtool+ga4d2a08 (xxx@xxx-xxx) (gcc version 5.2.0 (GCC) ) #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon May 30 17:21:20 CEST 2016
CPU: ARMv7 Processor [410fc075] revision 5 (ARMv7), cr=10c5387d
CPU: PIPT / VIPT nonaliasing data cache, VIPT aliasing instruction cache
Machine model: Freescale i.MX6 UltraLite 14x14 EVK with PF3001
cma: Reserved 320 MiB at 0x8c000000
Memory policy: Data cache writealloc
PERCPU: Embedded 12 pages/cpu @8bb33000 s16768 r8192 d24192 u49152
Built 1 zonelists in Zone order, mobility grouping on.  Total pages: 130048
Kernel command line: console=ttymxc0,115200 rdinit=/linuxrc g_mass_storage.stall=0 g_mass_storage.removable=1 g_mass_storage.file=/fat g_mass_storage.idVendor=0x066F g_mass_storage.idProduct=0x37FF g_mass_storage.iSerialNumber= clk_ignore_unused
PID hash table entries: 2048 (order: 1, 8192 bytes)
Dentry cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
Inode-cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
Memory: 154512K/524288K available (6895K kernel code, 319K rwdata, 2392K rodata, 384K init, 423K bss, 42096K reserved, 327680K cma-reserved, 0K highmem)
Virtual kernel memory layout:
    vector  : 0xffff0000 - 0xffff1000   (   4 kB)
    fixmap  : 0xffc00000 - 0xfff00000   (3072 kB)
    vmalloc : 0xa0800000 - 0xff000000   (1512 MB)
    lowmem  : 0x80000000 - 0xa0000000   ( 512 MB)
    pkmap   : 0x7fe00000 - 0x80000000   (   2 MB)
    modules : 0x7f000000 - 0x7fe00000   (  14 MB)
      .text : 0x80008000 - 0x80919f88   (9288 kB)
      .init : 0x8091a000 - 0x8097a000   ( 384 kB)
      .data : 0x8097a000 - 0x809c9f00   ( 320 kB)
       .bss : 0x809cc000 - 0x80a35f14   ( 424 kB)
SLUB: HWalign=64, Order=0-3, MinObjects=0, CPUs=1, Nodes=1
Preemptible hierarchical RCU implementation.
        Additional per-CPU info printed with stalls.
        RCU restricting CPUs from NR_CPUS=4 to nr_cpu_ids=1.
RCU: Adjusting geometry for rcu_fanout_leaf=16, nr_cpu_ids=1
NR_IRQS:16 nr_irqs:16 16
mxc_clocksource_init 24000000
Switching to timer-based delay loop, resolution 41ns
sched_clock: 32 bits at 24MHz, resolution 41ns, wraps every 89478484971ns
clocksource mxc_timer1: mask: 0xffffffff max_cycles: 0xffffffff, max_idle_ns: 79635851949 ns
Console: colour dummy device 80x30
Calibrating delay loop (skipped), value calculated using timer frequency.. 48.00 BogoMIPS (lpj=240000)
pid_max: default: 32768 minimum: 301
Mount-cache hash table entries: 1024 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Mountpoint-cache hash table entries: 1024 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
CPU: Testing write buffer coherency: ok
/cpus/cpu@0 missing clock-frequency property
CPU0: thread -1, cpu 0, socket 0, mpidr 80000000
Setting up static identity map for 0x80008280 - 0x800082f0
Brought up 1 CPUs
SMP: Total of 1 processors activated (48.00 BogoMIPS).
CPU: All CPU(s) started in SVC mode.
devtmpfs: initialized
VFP support v0.3: implementor 41 architecture 2 part 30 variant 7 rev 5
clocksource jiffies: mask: 0xffffffff max_cycles: 0xffffffff, max_idle_ns: 19112604462750000 ns
pinctrl core: initialized pinctrl subsystem
NET: Registered protocol family 16
DMA: preallocated 256 KiB pool for atomic coherent allocations
cpuidle: using governor ladder
cpuidle: using governor menu
hw-breakpoint: found 5 (+1 reserved) breakpoint and 4 watchpoint registers.
hw-breakpoint: maximum watchpoint size is 8 bytes.
imx6ul-pinctrl 20e0000.iomuxc: no fsl,pins property in node /soc/aips-bus@02000000/iomuxc@020e0000/imx6ul-evk/tscgrp
imx6ul-pinctrl 20e0000.iomuxc: initialized IMX pinctrl driver
mxs-dma 1804000.dma-apbh: initialized
SCSI subsystem initialized
usbcore: registered new interface driver usbfs
usbcore: registered new interface driver hub
usbcore: registered new device driver usb
i2c i2c-0: IMX I2C adapter registered
i2c i2c-0: can't use DMA
Linux video capture interface: v2.00
pps_core: LinuxPPS API ver. 1 registered
pps_core: Software ver. 5.3.6 - Copyright 2005-2007 Rodolfo Giometti <>
PTP clock support registered
Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Initialized.
Switched to clocksource mxc_timer1
NET: Registered protocol family 2
TCP established hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
TCP bind hash table entries: 4096 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 4096 bind 4096)
UDP hash table entries: 256 (order: 1, 8192 bytes)
UDP-Lite hash table entries: 256 (order: 1, 8192 bytes)
NET: Registered protocol family 1
RPC: Registered named UNIX socket transport module.
RPC: Registered udp transport module.
RPC: Registered tcp transport module.
RPC: Registered tcp NFSv4.1 backchannel transport module.
Trying to unpack rootfs image as initramfs...
rootfs image is not initramfs (write error); looks like an initrd
/initrd.image: incomplete write (1052672 != 26945165)
Freeing initrd memory: 26316K (83800000 - 851b3000)
imx rpmsg driver is registered.
Bus freq driver module loaded
futex hash table entries: 256 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
VFS: Disk quotas dquot_6.6.0
VFS: Dquot-cache hash table entries: 1024 (order 0, 4096 bytes)
NFS: Registering the id_resolver key type
Key type id_resolver registered
Key type id_legacy registered
jffs2: version 2.2. (NAND) © 2001-2006 Red Hat, Inc.
fuse init (API version 7.23)
io scheduler noop registered
io scheduler deadline registered
io scheduler cfq registered (default)
imx-weim 21b8000.weim: Driver registered.
imx-sdma 20ec000.sdma: no event needs to be remapped
imx-sdma 20ec000.sdma: loaded firmware 3.3
imx-sdma 20ec000.sdma: initialized
pfuze100-regulator 0-0008: Full layer: 1, Metal layer: 1
pfuze100-regulator 0-0008: FAB: 0, FIN: 0
pfuze100-regulator 0-0008: pfuze3000 found.
2020000.serial: ttymxc0 at MMIO 0x2020000 (irq = 19, base_baud = 5000000) is a IMX
console [ttymxc0] enabled
21e8000.serial: ttymxc1 at MMIO 0x21e8000 (irq = 225, base_baud = 5000000) is a IMX
imx sema4 driver is registered.
[drm] Initialized drm 1.1.0 20060810
[drm] Initialized vivante 1.0.0 20120216 on minor 0
brd: module loaded
loop: module loaded
fsl-quadspi 21e0000.qspi: n25q256a (32768 Kbytes)
20b4000.ethernet supply phy not found, using dummy regulator
pps pps0: new PPS source ptp0
fec 20b4000.ethernet (unnamed net_device) (uninitialized): Invalid MAC address: 00:00:00:00:00:00
fec 20b4000.ethernet (unnamed net_device) (uninitialized): Using random MAC address: 7e:0b:61:a6:99:aa
libphy: fec_enet_mii_bus: probed
fec 20b4000.ethernet eth0: registered PHC device 0
2188000.ethernet supply phy not found, using dummy regulator
pps pps1: new PPS source ptp1
fec 2188000.ethernet (unnamed net_device) (uninitialized): Invalid MAC address: 00:00:00:00:00:00
fec 2188000.ethernet (unnamed net_device) (uninitialized): Using random MAC address: ea:1b:c6:90:98:04
fec 2188000.ethernet eth1: registered PHC device 1
ehci_hcd: USB 2.0 'Enhanced' Host Controller (EHCI) Driver
ehci-mxc: Freescale On-Chip EHCI Host driver
usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
2184800.usbmisc supply vbus-wakeup not found, using dummy regulator
2184200.usb supply vbus not found, using dummy regulator
ci_hdrc ci_hdrc.1: EHCI Host Controller
ci_hdrc ci_hdrc.1: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
ci_hdrc ci_hdrc.1: USB 2.0 started, EHCI 1.00
hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
hub 1-0:1.0: 1 port detected
Mass Storage Function, version: 2009/09/11
LUN: removable file: (no medium)
lun0: unable to open backing file: /fat
g_mass_storage ci_hdrc.0: failed to start g_mass_storage: -2
mousedev: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
input: 20cc000.snvs:snvs-powerkey as /devices/platform/soc/2000000.aips-bus/20cc000.snvs/20cc000.snvs:snvs-powerkey/input/input0
snvs_rtc 20cc000.snvs:snvs-rtc-lp: rtc core: registered 20cc000.snvs:snvs-r as rtc0
i2c /dev entries driver
IR NEC protocol handler initialized
IR RC5(x/sz) protocol handler initialized
IR RC6 protocol handler initialized
IR JVC protocol handler initialized
IR Sony protocol handler initialized
IR SANYO protocol handler initialized
IR Sharp protocol handler initialized
IR MCE Keyboard/mouse protocol handler initialized
IR XMP protocol handler initialized
imx2-wdt 20bc000.wdog: timeout 60 sec (nowayout=0)
sdhci: Secure Digital Host Controller Interface driver
sdhci: Copyright(c) Pierre Ossman
sdhci-pltfm: SDHCI platform and OF driver helper
/soc/aips-bus@02100000/usdhc@02190000: voltage-ranges unspecified
sdhci-esdhc-imx 2190000.usdhc: Got CD GPIO
sdhci-esdhc-imx 2190000.usdhc: No vqmmc regulator found
mmc0: SDHCI controller on 2190000.usdhc [2190000.usdhc] using ADMA
/soc/aips-bus@02100000/usdhc@02194000: voltage-ranges unspecified
sdhci-esdhc-imx 2194000.usdhc: No vmmc regulator found
sdhci-esdhc-imx 2194000.usdhc: No vqmmc regulator found
mmc0: queuing unknown CIS tuple 0x91 (2 bytes)
mmc0: new high speed SDIO card at address 0001
mmc1: SDHCI controller on 2194000.usdhc [2194000.usdhc] using ADMA
usbcore: registered new interface driver usbhid
usbhid: USB HID core driver
NET: Registered protocol family 10
sit: IPv6 over IPv4 tunneling driver
NET: Registered protocol family 17
Key type dns_resolver registered
cpu cpu0: dev_pm_opp_get_opp_count: device OPP not found (-19)
Registering SWP/SWPB emulation handler
snvs_rtc 20cc000.snvs:snvs-rtc-lp: setting system clock to 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC (0)
mmc1: host does not support reading read-only switch, assuming write-enable
mmc1: new high speed SDHC card at address a7af
can-3v3: disabling
clk: Not disabling unused clocks
mmcblk1: mmc1:a7af R04GS 3.70 GiB
ALSA device list:
 mmcblk1: p1 p2
  No soundcards found.
RAMDISK: gzip image found at block 0
RAMDISK: EOF while reading compressed data
uncompression error
VFS: Cannot open root device "(null)" or unknown-block(0,0): error -6
Please append a correct "root=" boot option; here are the available partitions:
0100           65536 ram0  (driver?)
0101           65536 ram1  (driver?)
0102           65536 ram2  (driver?)
0103           65536 ram3  (driver?)
0104           65536 ram4  (driver?)
0105           65536 ram5  (driver?)
0106           65536 ram6  (driver?)
0107           65536 ram7  (driver?)
0108           65536 ram8  (driver?)
0109           65536 ram9  (driver?)
010a           65536 ram10  (driver?)
010b           65536 ram11  (driver?)
010c           65536 ram12  (driver?)
010d           65536 ram13  (driver?)
010e           65536 ram14  (driver?)
010f           65536 ram15  (driver?)
1f00           32768 mtdblock0  (driver?)
b300         3887104 mmcblk1  driver: mmcblk
  b301            8192 mmcblk1p1 0f57b60a-01
  b302          151552 mmcblk1p2 0f57b60a-02
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)
---[ end Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)
random: nonblocking pool is initialized


Any idea ?